Michel Youhana Sacre


(1942 - 2015)

- Born on March 08, 1942 in Bentael, Jbeil-Byblos Lebanon
- Married to Nina Gabriel Maroun.
- Specialized in interior design.
- Painter and sculptor specialized in arts of ancient civilizations and bas relief .
- He worked with artist Cesar Gemayel and French artist "Lassuse" at Aintoura College .
- He attended the elementary school the Aintoura College (Lazarits) and he graduated from high school at the La Sagesse College.
- He was enrolled at the Fine Arts faculty in ALBA for one year, where he excelled.
- He worked afterwards for two years with the Italian architectural artist Lamberto Pecci and he assisted him in almost all his works and also learned from him sculpture and the art of bas relief.
Then he worked on his own for two years in Beirut and left work still well known: Samiramis night club, Epiclub, Kasba, La fourmie, Seven Seas Restaurant,Troubabo, in addition to different villas and night clubs along with his artistic work in painting and sculpture.
- In 1963, he traveled to Saudi Arabia to decorate the government Hospitality Palace; then he moved to Khobar to study and supervise the interior design and furniture of the Khobar Hotel. He went back to Jeddah, where he established a furniture workshop and two galleries with a study bureau in the heart of the capital. He has realized about 250 designs of mansions, villas, banks and shops. He also cooperated with directors at the Jeddah TV for one year at its launching.
- Holder of many honor decorations from the Ministry of Culture and Industry- KSA.
- Holder of many merits in the furniture industry from Italy . He also designed some furniture for the most famous manufacturers in Italy , including, but not limited to, such firms as BOUZNELLI, Jean Charles SAEVE, Grapaga, AMI, Pinelle. He is the pioneer in using tricolor chrome in furniture all executed in Roma and exported to the entire world.
- He executed the sculpture of King Abdel Aziz in teak wood, titled "Abdel Aziz Revolution in 1905" (530 X 260), which was sold after he left Saudi Arabia for 12 million riyals, the equivalent of 3 million dollars.
- He also executed a masterpiece on the arab conquest and different paintings for houses and mansions; he also designed 11 public gardens laid out by city councils in Jeddah and Riyadh .
- By 12/12/2003, he had already executed about 1500 works.
- He participated several times in the Milan International Fair in addition to exhibitions in Cologne and Frankfurt in Germany .
- His famous painting "War is against my will" was offered to the Pope upon his visit o Lebanon and is now exhibited at the International Museum in Vatican .
- His painting "Loyalty Day" was offered to UNIFIL soldiers and was transferred by the Secretary General assistant to the United Nations headquarters in New York .
- He gave himself completely over to painting and sculpture in 1991 and he started executing works on different civilizations through the paintings exhibited in International Museums.
- He specialized in litugical art and realized different masterpieces in this field.
- He continues his work in his studio in Bentael- Mount Lebanon.
- He has traveled repeatedly to many European, African and Arab countries in addition to the Far Eastern countries, and to Italy , France , Germany , South America and the Philippines .
- He has chaired the Culture Council of the City of Byblos four times.
- He is the chairman of the Patrimony and Liturgical Art Committee.
- He is a friend of nature and loves trees, birds, animals and seas and he chooses to work and live among oak and pine trees.
All bas relief paintings are hand-made and aged manually and the frames are also aged in colors matching the painting. All colors are feasible and sculpted rocks can be emulated in any color.
The paintings are made with sand, small rocks, fiber glass and resin, whereas the original sculptures are made with copper intended for this purpose.
He is looking for marketing agents for different countries according to a negotiable agreement.

Order the book by artist Michel Sacre: The Art of Bas relief - L'Art du Bas-relief

A brief summary on arts in general and Bas Relief art in particular

From the beginning of their history, men have used signs to communicate with each other. Man developed this gift and started painting to express his feelings. This was the start of the symbolism art that has continued down to the present.
Hieroglyphics were developed by ancient populations, and this ledto the development of the letter that became phonetic and developed ultimately to a word, a sentence and then a book.
Painting was also used as method of expression and evolved into protrusions and sculptures on rocks used as a historiography of letters. These were completely by the ancient Mesopotamians , Ancient Egyptians, Semites, Phoenicians, Hittites, Acadians, etc, and are still being deciphered.

Michel Sacre

"The art of Bas-relief of ancient civilizations. An imitation sculpted by Artist Michel Sacre."

The House of the Sculptor Artist Michel Sacre, 28 March 2015

Featured Works

 Three Saints in the Heart of Lebanon
Three Saints in the Heart of Lebanon

A bas relief representing the three Saints of Lebanon: Charbel Makhlouf, Rafca and Nehmetallah Hardini.
I aimed through this work to gather our three saints in one Heart to symbolize that the heart of Lebanon is full only with Sanctity, Love and Loyalty, the characteristics of the three Saints.
On a Lebanese Eternal Cedar, in the middle of the Lebanese Trinity, within a heart revealing the Cross of Antioch, symbol of obedience, poverty and chastity, lived by our Saints all their lives.
On the left side of the work, the cross of the Order of Lebanese Monks, of which the three Saints emerge to sit next to Jesus. The right side holds the picture of Notre Dame d'Illge (the Virgin). The bottom of this work holds the universal symbols of Christ Body and Blood, the grapes and the wheat.
This bas relief was offered to Father Atanathios JALKH and is exposed at the Convent of the mother House in Ghazir.
To My dearest Saints, I ask you to bless Lebanon and its people so they may continue their human coexistence and peace may be established in the orient and the occident through the intercession of the Saints and the help of God.

 The fabrication and trade of perfumes
The fabrication and trade of perfumes

The art work represents an important activity for eastern populations. This Egyptian bas relief, at the Louvre Museum, 7th or 8th century B.C. shows the work of perfumers. To the right: picking flowers. In the middle: the press, where the mixture is crushed. To the left: the final product poured in to amphora to get rid of impurities by settling the liquid.
The aloe is much sought today for ornaments or for the medical properties of its leaves and their odorous qualities, but this was different in the past; the aloe perfume is mentioned several times in the Bible (Psalm 44, line 9, Proverbs, Chapter 7, line 17, Song of the Songs, Chapter 4, line 14)

 This fresco was painted in honor of Phoenician merchants, whose activity represented the main source of income of this pacific country (tomb of Sebekhotep, Thebes, dating back to 1400 B.C.)
This fresco was painted in honor of Phoenician merchants, whose activity represented the main source of income of this pacific country (tomb of Sebekhotep, Thebes, dating back to 1400 B.C.)

Athena, goddess of wisdom, sciences and arts, protector of Athenians; she corresponds to Minerva of the Romans.
Myth.- Daughter of Zeus, she emerged armed from his brain, the personifying according to the mythographs, the flash that symbolizes the intelligent power and the vivacity of creative spirit.
Warrior goddess, she was represented standing, wearing a helmet, her breast covered with a breastplate of goat skin, armed with a spear, holding sometimes in her hand a winged victory.
The owl is her symbolic bird and the olive tree that she gave to Attica is her plant. Her eyes are greenish-blue. Goddess of creative intelligence, Athena protects literature, sciences and arts and rules over all manifestations of the human genius and inspires the orators, poets, and philosophers.
Virginal goddess, eternally young, she is the "Parthene" (In Greek Virgin) in honor of which the Parthenon was build. Under her other name of Pallas, she protects with her statue or Palladium, a very old idol in wood, brought from Troy, her dear city Athens, named after her and honored by magical festivalsand small and big Pantheons. She fought for the Greeks against Troy in the Iliad and helped Ulysses in the Odyssey.
Fine arts- the most famous statue of Athena is the one of Phidias, known as Chryselephantine, made of ivory and gold and exhibited at the Parthenon.
In the north-west of the Acropolis there was a colossal statue of Athena Promachos, also from Phidias--- An old statue of Athena made of olive wood is kept as a national treasure, on the Erechtheion on the Acropolis--- Several statues (Napoli, Louvre, Munich, London, Roma and Athens, etc.


The reputation for wisdom and the greatness of King Salomon was spread in the entire region and even abroad. The Bible quotes a famous episode: the visit of the Queen of SABA, accompanied by a large escort, who started a long trip from the distant Abyssinia, the present Ethiopia, to get to Jerusalem. She met the King of the Hebrews, who justified his reputation for wisdom by answering all her questions and she left satisfied leaving sumptuous gifts for the King.

A devoter of physical exercise, Assourbanipal liked to hunt with a bow lions while riding a chariot. He enjoyed releasing some of these beats in his park and going after them in a wild chase. Detail of a bas relief originally from Kalakh, IX century B.C.
"In the name of God, Most Gracious, most merciful"
 Ramses III, the Empire Savior
Ramses III, the Empire Savior

Ramses III was crowned towards 1198 B.C. He was acclaimed by a jubilant population, satisfied to see his country reunified. In fact, peace was reestablished inside the country but the situation at the borders was disturbing. The danger coming from sea peoples was getting clearer, threatening western and northern Egypt.
The antique world was undergoing a deep mutation.
The indo-Europeans, in their huge migration, disrupted the balance of the Near East, devastating everything on their way, in their search to settle in new countries. The "Libou" immigrants, coming from Asia Minor and settling in Libya become allies with the Libyan tribes, the Berber Timhiou, Tjehenou, and Mashaouash, in order to try to invade the prosperous Egypt to the west. In Asia, the Indo-Europeans invaded and devastated Hatti, Naharina the Amourrou, Phoenicia and Canaan. There, they created a big coalition to attack Northern Egypt by sea and land.


It is with humiliation and exhilaration that we greet the royal scribe and the intendant of the wheat loft of the Upper and Lower Egypt Khaembat. The perfumed cone dropped on his wig is a sign of festivity. Khaembat's grave (Thebes no 57)

 We bring from Tarsus, silver papers and gold from Ophir. The artisan hands make clothes for the statues.
We bring from Tarsus, silver papers and gold from Ophir. The artisan hands make clothes for the statues.

These votive statuettes of Byblos, dating from the second millennium, were also made in Phoenicia and rediscovered by the artisan of this gold who will search soon in Ophir or somewhere else for the fleet of Salomon and of the King of Tyre (1st King, Chap 9, line 28, chap 10, line 11 and 22).
With the caustic zest of the second Isaiah (Chap 40, line 18, chap 44, line 17) of whom he may have been the contemporary and as some psalms may also be: 113 (line 12-13) 135 (line 15 and ss) for example, or later the Book of Wisdom (Wis chap 13, line 10), the prophet turns skillfully, ridicules the worshipers of idols and opposes them to those who fear the only master of the world.

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