01 May 2016
Halftone Our Lady
Watercolor woodblock print
13 x 13 inch image (33 x 33 cm) on 17 x 19 inch (43 x 48 cm) Shioji washi
This is the fifth in a series of halftone prints called Relics which explore the often unacknowledged but inescapable religious past that underlies our 21st century secularity.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, has been venerated since early Christianity, although more so in Catholicism than Protestantism. In Catholic doctrine, Mary is considered pure, virginal, and without sin and is considered by millions of people to be the highest of all the saints. Protestants reject the veneration of saints, but consider Mary an exemplar of a holy life of devotion to God and most do believe in her purity if not her perpetual virginity. Mary also holds an exalted place in Islam and is the only woman named in the Quran.
This print is based on a photograph of an 18th century French plaster statue. http://www.fatiguedfrenchfinds.com/this-item-has-now-sold-french-19th-century-antique-polychrome-plaster-statue-of-the-virgin-mary--signed-728-p.asp