The Martyrdom of Saint Paul by Robert Lewis Reid
Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1929) painted the Martyrdom of Saint Paul. He was an American Impressionist painter and muralist. He attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 1884 he moved to New York City studying at the Art Students League and in 1885 went to Paris to study at the the Académie Julian under Gustave Boulanger and Jules Joseph Lefebvre.
He returned to New York in 1889 and worked as a portraitist and became an instructor at the Art Students League and Cooper Union. Much of his work centered on the depiction of young women set among flowers. His work tended to be very decorative, and he became known for mural decoration and designs for stained glass according to Wikipedia..
He has work in the Congressional Library, Washington, D.C., the Appellate Court House, New York, and the State House, Boston, where his three large panels, “James Otis Delivering his Speech against the Writs of Assistance,” “Paul Revere's Ride” and the “Boston Tea Party” reside. He executed a panel for the American Pavilion at the Paris Exhibition, 1900, and in 1906 he completed a series of ten stained glass windows for the Unitarian Memorial Church at Fairhaven, Mass.
Today, the church is active in working with artists, sponsoring art exhibits at the church, providing networking opportunities, and fostering dialog in the artistic community. Openings NY, a project of the Paulist Fathers for artists, has regular exhibits (generally at the church) exploring broad spiritual themes. A recent exhibit explored the elusive mystery of spirit, body, and soul through a variety of visual media, including photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, and sculpture while another featured the work of Iraqi refugees. Frank Sabatté is the director of Openings NY. Frank is an artist and Paulist father and his work is presented on his website. Frank kindly provided me with detailed information on the church that I have used in this gallery.