Ad Majorum Gloriam Dei

David G. Wilson © Copyright 2005

Acrylic on canvas; 48"x 36"; 2005, Collection of the artist.


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Someone challenged me to execute a painting showing the image of Christ with mnemonic images that represented the miracles.

(1)The fishermen in their boats represents the draft of fish as the eyes of Christ

(2) The nose depicts Christ walking on water, while Peter is sinking for lack of faith.

(3)The calm waters as his face represents the calming of the storm on the sea of Galilee.

(4) A glass of wine that doubles as the crucifixion represents the changing of water to wine at the wedding at Cana.

(5) A face appears amid the paraphernalia on the table. That face represents three (3) miracles.

(a)The resurrection of Lazarus.

(b)Christ's face imprinted on Veronica's veil.

(c) The curing of the blind man.

(6) The hand of bananas, which usually represents my father's hand, here represents the curing of the man with withered hands.

(7) There are five loaves, one of which he has broken, and two fishes on the table represent the feeding of the multitude.

(8) There is a coin on the plate which represents that which he removed from the mouth of a fish, which is the early Christian symbol of Christ.

(9) Transubstantiation is the changing of his body and blood into bread and wine. His arms are represented by two loaves of bread and the wine in the glass, his blood spilled at the crucifixion. A close observation will reveal the crucifixion in the glass.

(10) The glow of his body and his transformation into the spirit after the resurrection and before the ascension is the transfiguration.

There is a triangle that extends from his brow to his shoulders and across his chest that represents his inclusion in the Holy Trinity. This same triangle is the point of an arrow directing the believer towards the threshold that is Christ himself who says:" I am the Way, The Truth and the Light. Only through me can you get to the father".

The half eaten apple that is transformed into the lips of the believer represents the apple of original sin. The crucifixion which is the sacrifice that absolved original sin appears to be hovering over the apple as if to crush it, but it has been transformed into the word (the mouth) that was made flesh and is the salvation of man. Therefore, I included twelve (12) miracles each representing one of his twelve (12) disciples.

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