Oil on canvas
by Richard W. Whitney, 1989
The memorial portrait of Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, was painted to honor the 100th anniversary of the death of the priest-founder of the Knights of Columbus (1890-1990).
The painter said that he chose to portray Father McGivney in a three-quarter profile, with his face slightly upturned as if "looking toward a heavenly light" and accented him in a subtle "halo" of gold paint to make him appear "saintly."
Richard W. Whitney is one of America's foremost portrait and landscape painters. His paintings hang in over 650 fine art collections worldwide.