Mother Emanuel Church



I was emulating (channeling) the style of Van Gogh, part of my spiritual and emotional preparations for the 2019 Piccolo Spoleto performances of Vincent John Doe, my play about the great artist.

My goal was to capture the ethereal nature of the building itself.  The Holy Spirit is poured out, carrying the precious souls of the Emanuel Nine, intermingling with the clouds and atmosphere. The stars are just beginning to glimmer in the late afternoon light.  The air is thin, when it seems to pull us out of ourselves.

The painting is of course dedicated to the victims and survivors of one of the most tragic and defining events in Charleston's long history.

commission a home and/or institutional renderings

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Type of Work

Original Painting by Robert Maniscalco, Giclee – archival inks, stretch on canvas, Artists Proof (AP) – archival inks and paper


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