Monday, May 30, 2011

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.
There's no need to even argue that last point, as far any decent Christian should be concerned.

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