The second day of Christmas


Anysia Keating, CSJ (1862-1956)
Madonna and Child
1937, Plaster
Collection of James H. Marrinan

Although Sister Anysia was recognized primarily for her painting, on both canvas and ceramic, she also experimented with sculpture. Carved in low relief, the highly stylized design of this Madonna and Child has an elegant streamlined quality that recalls the Art Deco style popularized throughout the 1920s and early 1930s.

Found in the College of St. Catherine gallery.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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