144 Bathers (9′ X 5′, oil on canvas)
This site’s banner and other images are from the painting by Jim Larson, House of Mercy’s Liturgical Artist-in-Residence.
A triptych for Gaze&Desire: House of Mercy’s year of contemplation
Abraham and Isaac (upper left): Fear/Trust
David and the bather (upper right): Distortion of Desire/Acceptance of Desire
The cow’s cropped tail, the big round bale: Scarcity/Generosity
“….the presence of the Almighty was frequently indicated by a [disembodied] hand…”
“A cherry, held in the hand of the Christ Child, suggests the delights of the blessed.”
“The ox, a sacrificial animal….”
“Almost invariably, the ox and the ass appear together in paintings of the Nativity.”
“…considered to be the lowliest among all birds… even the sparrow came to earth only through the will of God, and received from Him its means of life.”
“The goldfinch… has become as accepted symbol of the passion of Christ.”
From Signs and Symbols in Christian Art, George Ferguson, Oxford University Press, 1954.