The Sleeping Child.
 Richardson, Mary Curtis, 1848-1931

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Title:The Sleeping Child
Notes:Mary Richardson was a painter from California, whose best work was of mothers with children. Today's passage from Isaiah evokes the concept of God as a comforting mother, a concept so beautifully communicated in this painting of mother and child.

"Jerusalem is pictured in the figure of a mother, who will be comforted (cf. Isaiah 40:1), and who will give comfort to her faithful children. Those who love her will be able to nurse fully and deeply at her overflowing breast, which is her "glory" (v. 11). Shalom will flow out to her like a river (cf. Isaiah 48:18), in creased by a stream of wealth from the nations round about. Her children will be carried on her hip and dandled upon her knees -- both pictures of joy. For like a mother comforts her child, the Lord will comfort the faithful in Jerusalem (vv.12-13). God will be the one who gives salvation to the holy city." (Achtemeier, 161)
Artist:Richardson, Mary Curtis, 1848-1931
Building:Legion of Honor (San Francisco, Calif.)
City/Town:San Francisco
Country:United States

Scripture:Isaiah 66:10-14
Lectionary links:CProp09
General Subject:Motherhood

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Attribution:Richardson, Mary Curtis, 1848-1931. The Sleeping Child, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved March 29, 2020]. Original source: freeparking, Flickr Creative Commons.
Record Number:54214 Last Updated: 2012-01-31 16:01:42 Record Created: 2009-02-10 09:09:49
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Preaching and reading the Old Testament lessons
Author:Achtemeier, Elizabeth Rice
Publisher:CSS Publishing Company