Resurrection, c. 1940, Campion Hall, Oxford University
This painting is very similar to one of the same name bought by Schmitt’s good friend John Cavanaugh in the 1940s and now owned by the C. Michael Schmitt family. Schmitt’s great-granddaughter Bridget Skidd wrote of her discovery of this painting here.
“The Church keeps alive from day to day the tradition, the myth, which is eternally true. Without the memory of the fall from paradise and the Redemption, no apprehension of the Eternal happiness is possible to man.” (1960)
“The Church is not a leaven in an Evil world. She can do nothing with the bad-will directly. The material in which she works (literally) is ‘culture.’” (1963)
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, view of the apse under construction, c. 1908. Pencil and chalk on paper.
Schmitt passed by this view on his way from his apartment at 400 Manhattan Avenue to the 110th street subway.