Behold All Things New

visual art in response to issues of concern

Madonna and Child

Painting, Ruth Tietjen Councell

Oil on canvas, 30" x 40", October 2004

This painting of the Madonna and Child was influenced by a Flemish painting, an Italian plate, a violinist in a red dress ... and by a sense of tenderness and awe in contemplating Christ's incarnation. Mary is aware that her tiny son will be the savior of the world, and that there will be great pain and sacrifice ahead. But that does not diminish her delight in him. He is her greatest joy, and yet with her open hand she willingly gives him to the world. God's greatest gift is given, and he opens his arms to the world.

© 2005 The Episcopal Church & Visual Arts