Virgin of the Coral (Vierge du Corail)

The Virgin Mary with child holding a traditional red coral branch symbol of  the sea, therefore the origin of life and love, and symbol of the Passion as well. Next to her are two angels, one with eyes open (nascendo), the other with eyes closed (morimur), both holding Her halo in the form of a sun with moon crescent with Holy Ghost. The painting aludes to the mystery of existence and love.

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About Paul Armesto

Contemporary classical artist Paul Damian Armesto is the author of some of the largest oil paintings in the world most of these in churches in the United States and Costa Rica: 1. St.Thomas Church (2015) Somerset, NJ 2.Church of San Agustin (2014-2015), Cinco Esquinas de Tibas, CR 3.St. Brigid and St.Emeric Church (2014) Manhattan, NY 4.St.John the Baptist Church (2013) Manhattan, NY 5.Church of San Caralampio (2011), Bagaces, CR 6.Church of San Diego (2008-2010), San Diego, CR 7.Church of La Virgen del Pilar (2002-2004), Tres Rios, CR Born on December 14th 1973 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, he expressed his interest in art from an early age. During several trips to Quiberon, Brittany, he developed a love for seascapes and the 18th century period. After academic art studies he sought to perfect his oil painting technique through the traditional teachings of a master: celebrated classical painter Alberto Ycaza (1945-2002). Paul Damian has had several solo exhibits in the US and in Costa Rica and has also painted murals and large canvases for hotels and private individuals. He is currently established in Manhattan, NY. Videos of his work are available on More info at Contact the artist at: