Bob Baker, “Abbey Church, Abbey of Gethsemani”

5 Nov

Abbey Church, Abbey of Gethsemani

If you’ve been following this blog you know that over the past several weeks I’ve been featuring a number of scenes from the Abbey of Gethsemani, a Trappist monastery situated ten miles outside Bardstown, Kentucky.  I finally got around to painting the Abbey Church, which was built in the middle of the 19th Century when the monastery was founded and has been continuously occupied by Trappists ever since.  The Church is whitewashed brick and really stands out against the warmer colors of the surrounding hills.  The monastery’s most famous monk, Thomas Merton, is buried in the Abbey cemetery,  located just outside the west wall of the Church (the far middle right of this painting).


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