Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Feast of St. Joseph, March 19

I did not know he is patron of China. (Read about the "Canton Conference.")

This image was shared by Leah Darrow - I don't know its origin. Why doesn't it produce the same psychological effect as an icon? Is the difference in perception due solely to familiarity? Is it too "cartoon-like" while icons are not? (The halos should be redone.)  I think parts of my reaction is caused by the background - if it were against the typical yellow or gold background, it would be slightly better. Too western? Their appearances seem more "European" - like Russian icons of the 19th century, but to an even greater degree?

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