The Ephesus Foundation Inc. USA

Our Lady of Ephesus Painting

This painting is an original commissioned by The Ephesus Foundation, Inc. from New York artist JoAnne VonZwehl. The painting depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary as she lived in Ephesus on Bulbul Dagh mountain.

The original hangs in the Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus in Gower, Missouri on loan from The Ephesus Foundation to The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles.

The artist, JoAnne VonZwehl is a native New Yorker and successful business woman, who decided to fulfill her passion as an artist after achieving many of her long term career goals. Featured in Top Female Entrepreneurs, she has been profiled in The New York Times, The Daily News, Newsday, Economic Times, Suffolk News, among others. JoAnne had the inspiration for this painting when on pilgrimage to Ephesus, Turkey in October 2007 when she visited Mary's House.

While walking on the hillside near the house, JoAnne got the strong image of the Blessed Virgin as she mourned her son's death. Legend has it the Mary traveled to Ephesus with St. John in whose home she lived. (John 19:27).

The stone house was discovered on the hillside in 1891 by Vincentian priests following the visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, a German nun who was beatified by Pope John Paul II.

For reprints, framed or matted, or for post cards or prayers cards, see the price list on this page.

All orders are filled by Rosa Mystica Foundation of America with permission of The Ephesus Foundation, Inc.

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