First Sunday in Advent, 2016

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A royal mother inclining with her infant, 900 ACE, black chlorite, Pala Dynasty.  India (West Bengal, Assam or Bangladesh.  On loan to the Philadelphia Art Museum in 2016.

 

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Virgin and Child, glazed earthenware, c.1487-1500. Italy, Emilio Romagna or the Marches.  Unknown artisan.  Made for domestic worship.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

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Young Mother in the Grotto, modeled in clay 1885 by Auguste Rodin, 1841-1917, French ; sculpted in marble by Jean Escoula, 1851-1911, French.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

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Nimbus, alabaster, c. 1961. Jose de Creeft, born 1884 Spain, died 1992 New York. Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

 

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The Virgin and Child, 1455-1460, marble in flattened relief.  Desiderio da Settignano, 1429/32-1464, active in Florence, Italy.  A work of unparalleled skill.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

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 Mother and Child, c. 1924, alabaster and wood frame.  Robert Laurent, born France 1890, died USA 1970.  Smithsonian Museum of American Art

 

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Mother with a Child on her Back, 1933, carved stone.  Mardonio Margania, 1868-1947, Mexican.  Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

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Mother and Child, terracotta, 1956.  Elizabeth Catlett, 1915-2012, American, worked in Mexico from 1946 onwards.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

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Mother and Child, bronze, 1941.  Jacques Lipchitz, 1891-1973, American born Lithuania.  Philadelphia Art Museum

 

 

This story means nothing outside of the story of the numbers below.

Nor is this the only horror story:  there are the dead as the result of drones; there are those in freezing camps on the borders of Europe; there are bones – some of children – in the Mexican desert.  There is a trillion-dollar arms trade enforcing these boundaries between people. 

The  ‘Christian’ world in 2016. The Christian European and North American world, that is.

There is no room at any hotel, hostel, B&B, Air B&B, reception center or any inn of any kind for Jesus in these parts of the world because he is not a native born European or North American and was not lucky enough to have immigration papers in proper order.

 

4,663  human beings dead/missing – Mediterranean 2016

Updated as of 23 November 2016 by the International Organization for Migration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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