Description 11 x 15 Watercolor; The site is located in the Christian Quarter in Old City, East Jerusalem. The Christian Quarter is one of the four quarters in Old City of Jerusalem, the other three being the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter and the Armenian Quarter.The Franciscans adopted the cross of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem as their symbol- a big cross with 4 smaller crosses at its corners. Two crossed arms appear on the orders symbol, bearing the cross- a bare arm and an arm covered with a sleeve, beneath a pigeon which symbolized the holy ghost. The bare hand is the hand of Jesus, and the sleeved hand is the hand of Francis of Assisi, the Italian founder of the order.Their main mission for hundreds of years has been to host the Catholic pilgrims and assure their wellbeing. The Franciscans established and ran monasteries in the Holy Land, even under difficult conditions and a hostile Muslim rule. Their strength in Europe enabled them to advance progress in the Holy Land in the fields of medicine, work methods and production, as well as research of the history and geography of the land of Israel and the holy scripts.
Lisa Lu, State of Washington Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement Lisa first started painting with color pencils at the age of 10, and she has always loved to paint ever since; it allows her to express feelings with a peaceful mind. Self-taught and self-developed in watercolor and ink painting, each of Lisa's painting is a journey to adventure. Lisa presently resides with her husband and their son in the State of Washington. She is a licensed architect, and currently works in an architecture firm, while continuing self study and painting on architecture and landscape subjects in watercolors.