Heritage recently restored this antique statue of St Therese of Lisieux. The goal was to repaint the statue to appear more realistic to the saint's original appearance. Modern saints such as St Therese provide a great aid to artists, as there are photographs taken during their lifetimes. These images allow us to more accurately recreate an authentic appearance.
St Therese of Lisieux, also known as the Little Flower, was a member of the Carmelite Order and was renowned for her personal holiness and simplicity of life. She was named a saint by the Roman Catholic Church in 1914, seventeen years after she died.
This style of statue depicting St. Therese , is cast from a mold that is over 135 year old. The statue shows numerous damaged areas that require complete professional restoration. Cracks were present on the surface, most prominently on the forhead and back. These required sealing before paintwork could begin. Years of debris and dirt were removed in the cleaning process. The original, faded white habit was repainted in more traditional Carmelite colors.
Special care was taken to make the rosary hanging on Therese’s left side to look realistic. Gloss was applied to the beads and silver was used on the metal areas. When repainting the face, the art staff made features such as her eyes and mouth more proportionate and realistic.
Once the paints dried and cured, the statue was transported back to the client’s church and reinstalled.
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