April 18, 2014


Max Weber (April 18, 1881 – October 4, 1961) was a Jewish-American painter and one of the first American Cubist painters who, in later life, turned to more figurative Jewish themes in his art. He is best known today for Chinese Restaurant (1919), in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, "the finest canvas of his Cubist phase," in the words of art historian Avis Berman.

Symbols related to this work are singing which conveys fostering and bringing forth life; music which conveys order, harmony, will and mockery; and horn which conveys call to arms and invocation of help.

He is buried at Mount Ararat Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York.

April 17, 2014


 G. P. Cauvet (1731 – 1781) was a French sculptor, architect and ornament designer. He designed and sculpted pieces for the Royal Family of France.

Symbols related to this piece includes: cherubs which conveys vigilance, keeper of the threshold, executor of God’s will, messenger of divine wisdom and a guardian; and helmet which conveys courage, lofty thoughts, salvation and protection of the soul from the assaults of passions and desires.

April 16, 2014


This is the feast day of Saint Benedict (c.480 -  c.550) who was born in Umbria, Italy.

Benedict is the patron of school children because the Benedictine monks have run, through the centuries, important and often distinguished monastic schools.
Symbols related to him include the raven which conveys the Devil, solitude, melancholy, stubbornness, the lower mind, desire for solitude, materialism and wisdom; and broken cup which conveys Christ’s agony in Gethsemane.

Saint Benedict is Abbey of Montecassino, Cassino, Provincia di Frosinone, Lazio, Italy. He is in the plot beneath the altar  

April 15, 2014


Charles Willson Peale (April 15, 1741 – February 22, 1827) was an American painter, soldier and naturalist. He is best remembered for his portrait paintings of leading figures of the American Revolution, as well as for establishing one of the first museums.

His portrait of George Washington has the following symbols:  cannon which conveys war, destruction and fecundation; flags which convey victory, self-assertion, thought or ideal, identification and nationalism; and horse which conveys lust, fertility, selfishness and fidelity.
 He is buried at Saint Peter's Episcopal Churchyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

April 14, 2014


Gabriel de Saint-Aubin, (Paris, April 14, 1724 - Paris, February 14, 1780) was a French draftsman, printmaker, etcher and painter. His brothers Charles Germain de Saint Aubin and Augustin de Saint-Aubin were also artists. He was a student of √Čtienne Jeaurat and Hyacinthe Collin de Vermont. After three failures to win a Prix de Rome from 1752 to 1754, he left the Acad√©mie des Beaux-Arts and
joined the Guild of Saint Luke.
A distinctive aspect of Saint-Aubin's art is its inordinate fondness for observation of society on the streets of the capital, which he sketched scenes or entertainment in his wanderings. As such, his engravings etchings and large watercolors are a valuable record of the Parisian artistic life in the eighteenth century.

Symbols related to the watercolor include: ship which conveys consciousness, transcendence, safety, hope, confidence and the womb; water which conveys the source of life, mystery, fertility, the personal or collective unconsciousness and innocence; and clouds which convey the intermediate world between the formal and the non-formal, the transitory, death, illusion and mystery.

April 13, 2014


James Sidney Edouard, Baron Ensor (13 April 1860 – 19 November 1949) was a Belgian painter and printmaker, an important influence on expressionism and surrealism who lived in Ostend for almost his entire life. He was associated with the artistic group Les XX.

Symbols related to the painting to the left include: the skull which conveys mortality, the worldly survival of the dead, death, the transitory nature of life on earth, the useless nature of earthly things and sin; mask which conveys dissimulation, ambiguity, equivocation and possesses a magic quality; and hat which conveys thought, personality and is related to the head.

April 12, 2014


Zeno of Verona (about 300 – 371 or 380), whose feast day is today, was either an early Christian Bishop of Verona or a martyr. He is a saint in the Roman Catholic Church and in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Symbols related to him include: the fish, which is a Veronese tradition explains as reflecting his love of angling, but which more probably represents his role as a savior of souls. The fish conveys wisdom, freedom, purity, faith and the soul.
His patronage of babies is based on the legend that he was stolen at birth by the devil, who substituted a goblin in his place. Babies convey new beginning, new era and innocence.