The Monks of Norcia know what it means to re-build. In the year 2000, the Vatican approved a new Benedictine community to joyfully reclaim a monastery in Norcia, Italy which had been devoid of monks since the early 1800s. The Monks of Norcia lovingly began to restore the Basilica of Saint Benedict, built over the fifth-century birthplace of the famous saint. In the fall of 2016, earthquakes destroyed the monastery and basilica and the Monks of Norcia moved to a new location in the hills outside of Norcia.
A friend of the Monks of Norcia commissioned me to create this oil painting of the Basilica of Saint Benedict. After the earthquakes they wanted to remember and this beautiful pilgrimage destination and community of prayer which they had visited many times. I am now making fine art prints of this image available for purchase.