A XIVth Century Chinese Madonna?
David Clayton says the above "dates from the 14th century" — Changing Appearances to Communicate to Different People. I have my doubts, but it is lovely nonetheless. Mr Clayton writes:
- Christ is the Everyman, the model for all humanity. When He (or indeed Our Lady and the saints) are painted, the image must also participate in a model of humanity that the audience can relate to. All sacred art is a balance of the general and the particular. If those who are going to see the painting are going to be almost exclusively Chinese, then it is a legitimate approach, I would argue, to portray Christ and Our Lady as Chinese.