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James Christenson The Widow Mite

" THE WIDOW'S MITE "
James Christensen
Dec 2018



Open Edition Canvas 12" x 18" $99
Limited Edition Canvas 24" x 30" $695
Limited Edition Infinity Aluminum
24" x 30" $995

 

 

 

Dec 2018 - " The Widow's Mite " - James Christensen

The parable of the Widow’s Mite is not a story of money, but one of piety. "It's about what we are willing to give of ourselves," said artist James Christensen of his best known painting. 

Christensen’s design of The Widow’s Mite reflects this. His use of light and dark in the painting are symbolic of spiritual and worldly power. The poor widow, who gave all she had, glows with an inner light. Even her ragged clothing is luminescent. By contrast, the rich men in their expensive robes fade into the shadows behind the radiance of this woman’s gift.

An element that made this work so unique was Christensen’s choice to depict the widow as a young woman. It was the custom of the time for a widow to marry one of her husband’s brothers or return to her own family. If neither of these occurred, a woman had few options for supporting herself or her family. If a young woman remained alone, she would most likely be impoverished.

Michelangelo also influenced this choice. Upon completion of his work the Pieta, a sculpture of the crucified Jesus laying upon his mother’s lap, Michelangelo criticized for his depiction of Mary. Though she was Christ’s mother, and therefore older, she appears younger than her son. His response was that virtue and goodness kept one beautiful. Christensen was intrigued by the idea that her righteousness could be revealed by her youth.

And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he also saw a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had. . Luke 21:1 - 4

 

INFINITY ALUMINUM LIMITED EDITION

James Christensen The Widow's Mite Infinity Aluminum

The Widow’s Mite is the first James Christensen work of art ever to be offered as an Infinity Aluminum Edition. The significance of this to the collector is in the incredible art viewing experience.

 

TIMED-LIMITED GICLEE CANVAS EDITION

Now, for the first time, The Widow’s Miteis being made available to collectors as a Limited Edition Canvas. This offering is time limited, November 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. At the close of this order window, the edition will be set and no more canvases will be added to the edition.

 

TRIMMED UNLIMITED EDITION

Perfect for gifting, this open edition canvas of The Widow’s Mite contains the inherent beauty and core message of James Christensen's original painting, while presenting itself at an effiecient and standard size for low-cost framing.

 

The Widow's Mite - James Christensen

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