The Delaware Art Museum’s newest exhibition, ?Blessed are the Peacemakers,? gives a glimpse of Violet Oakley’s artistic progression, from preliminary studies to the portable altarpiece.
Violet Oakley was an illustrator, stained-glass designer, and the first American woman to find fame in the burgeoning field of public mural painting. Throughout her 60-year artistic career, she produced portable altarpieces for use on American battleships, military bases, and airfields around the world.
Oakley’s The Angel of Victory altarpiece and initial drawings are featured as part of the exhibit. The three-panel work of art was originally painted for Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Airfield and is now part of the museum’s permanent collection. It was the first of 25 wartime altarpieces Oakley created during World War II.
The show also explores Oakley’s unique creative process, revealing how she responded to a volatile moment in world history by infusing her religious works with a democratic spirit and her lifelong belief in peace.
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