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The diptychs dedicated to St. Teresa of the Child Jesus are mounted on two plates of cherry wood.
These plates are themselves sanded and varnished. The last step is to fix the two cherry patches on two golden mini-hinges around which they are articulated.
Our diptychs of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux are sold in a beautiful transparent box that gives them a crystalline aspect and enhances the quality of the presentation. They offer a very neat appearance that makes them a welcome gift.
The size of the diptychs is the same for all models: open: 22 cm x 15 cm; closed: 10.5 cm x 15 cm.
For religious diptychs consecrated to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus we drew our subjects mainly in the photos made by Céline, the sister of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, returned to Carmel a few years after her and who took the name Sister Genevieve. Celine was gifted with a real artistic talent for painting. When she was still in the world, she had started photography. When she entered in the Carmel in 1894, her camera wont be late to follow in. All professionals who have had in hand the snapshots taken by Céline recognize the quality of the work. She was able to draw admirably from the equipment of the time, at the very least rudimentary, and the means of development at her disposal in a makeshift laboratory. Celine worked to compose the community groups or the attitude of the subjects she wanted to take. Although she was really good at composing, Céline did not succeed to avoid the unnatural glances and the stereotyped gestures as well. In his defense remember that some poses were then to extend up to 9 seconds. On the contrary, some pictures taken without any research and in a natural setting where perfectly successful: recreation in the alley chestnut and the laundry, for instance.
From 1894 to 1897, there were 41 photographs on which Thérèse appears either alone or in a community group. St. Teresa, whose features were particularly mobile, is undoubtedly the one who least tolerated the long poses among her sisters. In many groups his face looks blurry because she has moved. Her lips are pinched, she never smiles frankly. It is good to be aware of those wants of photographic documents so as not to ask them too much.
Thus it is difficult to realize the true looks of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus. To get a similar idea, let us recall this testimony of Fernand Laudet who wrote in 1927:
"Some affirm that she was very beautiful, others that her countenance was seductive; I think the best thing to say is that his rather irregular face radiated charm. She had under very straight eyebrows two large eyes, a complexion of lilies framed by a golden and vaporous hair. The people said, "She is heavenly!" "
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