print - engraving

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print - engraving


Colored print of the Crucifixion of Christ, with the corpus represented by a large red Sacred Heart. The cross is set into an outcropping with text "O Jesus! O Marie!" printed below. A simplified image of the 1816 Little Loretto print is to the right of the Crucifixion scene, with a large palm tree over it. This copy is a fragment of a Dutch-language version of the Sacred Heart Little Loretto print (see 2021.000.050). It is missing the text printed above and below the main image.

Charles Nerinckx had this engraving produced on his 1816 trip to Europe. Courtois of Malines (Mechelen), Belgium, also designed the engraving of the buildings of Little Loretto at this time (see #0014b). Courtois is likely Jean Pierre Alexandre Courtois (b. 1789). According to Sr. Mary Antonella Hardy, SL, the engraving "represents our Lord on the cross, consumed in the flames of His burning Heart. 'Little Loretto' is seen at the foot of the 'Calvary,' small hearts mounting upwards toward the open Wound represent the souls of those leaving the world to enter the Loretto cloister, while around the spear-pierced heart of the Sorrowful Mother in the open Wound are clustered the hearts of the Lorettine religious." At early Loretto schools, during Mass, the priest would read Nerinckx's "Morning Manna" prayer, and the Superior and the eldest pupil of the school would come to the altar railing and kiss the Sacred Heart image.


Jean Pierre Alexandre Courtois




3 7/8" x 5.75"








Jean Pierre Alexandre Courtois, “print - engraving,” Loretto Heritage Center Artifacts, accessed April 15, 2024,