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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Song of the Magdalene: Mary Magdalene and Sarah


Mary Magdalene and Sarah
11” x 14”, Oil on canvas board, 2005

Mary Magdalene and Sarah is the first painting in the series Song of the Magdalene. It comes out of reading the book The Woman With the Alabaster Jar. Author Margaret Starbird explores different theories about the biblical Mary Magdalene, among them that Mary Magdalene could have had a daughter by Jesus Christ called Sarah, whom gypsies today adore each year as Saint Sarah the Egyptian in the french town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Since my previous paintings were about mothers and babies, this Mary Magdalene is a sort of transition into the newer series of Mary Magdalenes. It also helped me establish the color palette that would evolve into the more intense reds and yellows of the paintings that were to follow.

In this painting I seek to portray the sacredness of a moment shared by a mother and her baby, a moment which enlightens them both and lets their souls continue to be one in timeless eternity.
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10 comments:

Clarisel Gonzalez said...

Hi Tanya, this is a beautiful maternal image. Were you inspired by the Virgin Mary at all?

Hoy, artista said...

Hi Clarisel! Not really for this one, but I have a few drawings and another painting that are inspired by the Virgin Mary. Thanks for coming to the blog!

Maria Mar said...

Hi, Tanya,
Is the party on yet?
Maria Mar

Maria Mar said...

I'm thinking that when you post an image we need to refresh the page, or we won't see it because we'll stay in the old version of the webpage. Can you post a comment letting us know when to refresh? Or if it works in another way,please let me know.
Maria Mar

Corazon Tierra said...

Hi Tanya I'm here waiting for more paitings. I love this one, it's full of tenderness!

Anonymous said...

Me encanta porque esta Maria Magdalaena se ve Latina. No se porque pero asi la siento . Las flores le dan un contraste y la enredadera en las cabezas de ella y el nino parece una corona de espinas, pero que no duele si no que adorna.

migdalia said...

Me encanta porque esta Maria Magdalaena se ve Latina. No se porque pero asi la siento . Las flores le dan un contraste y la enredadera en las cabezas de ella y el nino parece una corona de espinas, pero que no duele si no que adorna.

Tita said...

Hello Tania! I love all, but this one is full of grace and love..Tita

Anonymous said...

wonderful and beautiful

gayle garcia said...

Hi Tonya. This is Lovely