I love a good assumption scene. The glowing heavenly lights, the chubby cherubs lofting someone worthy upwards, the puffy clouds and beaming beatific faces. Most assumption paintings are of the Virgin Mary (and they’re meant to depict a “living assumption” — someone who’s super extra special gets to go straight to heaven, no more muss and fuss, without even dying). I’m partial to Mary Magdelene assumption paintings. As you probably know, one of the things she’s known for was bathing Jesus’ feet with her tears so she’s often depicted crying or with red eyes. (Fun fact: the word “maudlin,” which means effusively or tearfully sentimental, comes from her name.) Here’s a great one, much less static and stately than usual, with some real movement and action (and check out the creepy putti that are just flying heads.)
My first TV tray painting was an assumption scene (sadly you can see in this little pic that the cherubs are straining and popping hernias — Elvis was a corpulent corpse):
And today Michael Nordstrom blogged about my latest assumption scene on his Garamania blog.
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This painting is currently on display in Miami as part of the Kaiju Monster Invasion show at Harold Golen gallery.