Austrian, Ben, 1870-1921

Click to enter image viewer

Use the Save buttons below to save any of the available image sizes to your computer.
Download Thumbnail image:
Download Medium image:
Download Large image:
Notes:Ben Austrian was a Jewish artist from Pennsylvania who is famous for his portrayal of country life and animals. His specialty was in painting chickens and hens, training them to pose for him. In this piece, a hen is sitting in her coop surrounded by her chicks. She stares warily at the viewer, giving us a warning not to get too close to her babies. Mother hens are fiercely protective of their children, standing their ground to fight without self-regard against any foe. In the gospel reading cited, Jesus has been warned by Pharisees to flee from Herod. Jesus’ response to this threat of violence from imperial force and religious authorities is to discuss how he wished to be a mother hen for his people. Instead of countering a violent threat with an equally violent metaphor, Jesus gives us a beautiful image of a protective and loving mother hen.
Artist:Austrian, Ben, 1870-1921
Building:Reading Public Museum
City/Town:West Reading
Country:United States

Scripture:Luke 13:31-35
Lectionary links:CLent02
General Subject:Hen

(Use this link to refer back to this image.)

Copyright Source:
Copyright Permission:Please visit the URL in the Copyright Source field on this page for details about reusing this image.
Attribution:Austrian, Ben, 1870-1921. Motherhood, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved April 16, 2024]. Original source:
Record Number:58873 Last Updated: 2022-05-23 05:22:30 Record Created: 2021-09-10 12:02:21
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition