behold, john 19:26 – 27
Behold, John 19: 26 – 27
Acrylic Paint, Graphite, and Gold Leaf on Mylar
2017 – 2018
Behold, John 19:26 – 27 depicts the moment that Jesus entrusted His mother, Mary, into the care of His disciple John. Mary was a widow and Jesus, as the eldest son, was expected to care for her. However, as His death was approaching He had to ensure her protection and well-being.
The imagery of this piece presented a specific challenge. Modern translations of Scripture record Jesus saying, “here is your son” and “here is your mother”. However, since the word “here” is so commonplace its significance in this scene is easily overlooked.
However, “behold” (used in the King James Version) is something completely different. Jesus commands Mary and John to see and accept their new relationship as mother and son.
With this in mind, a square and a hexagram –connected by a red irregular pentagon– were used to depict Mary and John in their new familial relationship. Though Christ’s love and concern is for all people. His mother’s well-being was one of his gravest humanly duties. He was preparing His mother for His death. No longer was He her Son, but her Savior.
To illustrate these concepts, a gold line traces the adjoining pentagon that binds the hexagram and square. It intersects with the Christ Octagon forming the trunk of the cross. This represents Jesus’ blessing of their new family. Jesus was leaving the world, but He was leaving behind for them something very precious, a secure family and the gift of eternal life through faith in Him.