Sunday, May 22, 2011

Mary and Jesus and Jesus.

In light of the recent 'rapture' fizzer, I thought I'd share with you my little collection of kitsch religious iconography. I'm not really a religious person, although I was raised sort-of-Catholic, but I have always loved this style of religious icon.

Mary and Jesus...and Jesus

There is something about the muted colours, the faded out shading, the halos of light rendered so strangely, the bizarre almost benevolent (but leaning a little too far towards apathetic) facial expressions, and the weird floaty quality afforded by the vignetted clouds that make these images somehow irresistible.

The one thing that really gets me is the hands. Why are the hands always so weird in these things? Seriously, just try to make your hands comfortable in those positions. Can not be done.

Mary and Jesus and Jesus on top of the bar

I picked these up a few weeks ago at the Vintage Fair from the Gypsy Collectibles stall, they came all the way from Victoria. What appealed to me abut this particular pair of images was the retro aluminium frames, chipped enamel and all, and the fact that the image was covered in a clear vinyl overlay. Cool. They are looking really rad sitting on top of our bar, even if Mary and the Jesuses do look just a little bit bored and somewhat fed up.


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