Nativity (after Giorgione's Adoration of
Lithograph 13" x 20"
The original piece from the National Gallery that I chose to interact with -
Giorgione's Adoration of the Shepherds - had a strong emotional appeal to me.
The darkness of the cave in which the holy family kneels, the craggy cliff
above, the lovingly wrought forms of the shepherds and incidental landscape -
all of this worked on me to motivate the response I've made in the lithograph.
My version of the Holy Family is somewhat different: Mary is older and
partially unclad like a nursemaid, the infant Jesus is separated from his
parents by a visual boundary, and his flesh is pocked and scarred like someone
having been scourged. I've conflated the birth narrative in the gospel with
Good Friday and the grief of the blessed Virgin. In some sense this is as much
a pieta as it is a nativity.