Changing the Cultural Context

I find art that depicts people and events of the Bible in anon-Western cultural context fascinating. The Hail Mary (Ia Orana Maria ) by Paul Gauguin is particularly interesting. There’s something about Jesus, leaning on Mary that speaks to the mom in me. But I liked this when I was a kid too, so there is something else as well. Maybe when I was a kid I just thought it was pretty and colorful ;-)

It’s also interesting to note that while Gauguin painted Mary *and* Jesus, he named the painting The Hail Mary. Well, that’s a theological conversation for another day.

Paul Gauguin - Ia Orana Maria (Hail Mary) - Go...

Paul Gauguin - Ia Orana Maria (Hail Mary) - Google Art Project (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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