"Immaculate Heart of Mary" is a contemporary icon by C D Smith. In this painting he has taken characteristics of traditional iconography and interpreted them with more contemporary styles of painting. The face of Mary was developed from that of the artist's wife and influenced by some favorite icons and other images. The colors were also influenced by iconography. Shapes in the halo allude to celestial bodies, sacred vessels, and botanical subjects; while background elements borrow from Our Lady of Guadalupe. The 8 pointed stars on Our Lady's shoulders and forehead represent her unique relationship with the 3 persons of the Holy Trinity. Her open hand offers us the graces flowing from her heart, and gestures toward the source of her illumination - a Eucharistic host, the Body of Christ, which is the focal point of her existence.
April 29th, 2010
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