Sunday, April 25, 2010

not even the Basilica is immune...

... to bad Jesus art. I spied these lovelies in the National Shrine's gift shop.



11 comments:

Old Bob said...

Dear Kat, if God had a forehead it would be flat.

Michael Anthony said...

The right hand picture of Christ in the first photo actually looks like my dad in his youth.

M. Swaim said...

This reminds me of the classic C.S. Lewis argument for the divinity of Christ; Liar, Lunatic, or Lorenzo Lamas?

Babs said...

...why I'll never have a "picture" of Jesus on my wall. Reminds me of Mormon "art"...

Gen said...

You should have seen the creeps hanging around after Mass near the Czestochowa shrine. They looked like people who would absolutely love to have a house plastered with these pieces of "art."


;-)

Dymphna said...

That laughing Jesus looks like Charles Manson.

Terry Nelson said...

Kat - did you see Fr. Z? I looked for you in his photos at the blognic. Was that you dancing on the table in the corner? Or were you the one passed out on the floor? It was hard to see.

The art you show is just like what they sell at Leaflet Missal.

The Crescat said...

Terry, I did! I wish you had been there. No I wasn't the one on the floor or the table. I had already been ejected from the premises by that point in the evening.

I'm kidding. Or am I?

Janny said...

Actually, the bottom one is very similar to other art I've seen...and I really don't find it all that cheesy. The top two, yeah.

On the other hand, I think we could use more religious art of a joyful/smiling nature. People have actually written questions in to Catholic authors and the like asking, "Did the saints ever laugh? Did Jesus ever laugh? All the pictures we see have them looking so dour, we wonder."

And THAT's as bad as the other extreme!

JB

Badger Catholic said...

Not sure if any of you knows John Zmirak "Bad Catholic" guides, but the Basilica gift shop has refused to sell his books there.... connection? Ugly Jesuses took his shelf space. Hope the blognic went well.

newguy40 said...

I suppose that this trend to WASP-y Jesus can be blamed on Jeffery Hunter and Max von Sydow.

I am of the TV generation and I thought Jennifer Jones WAS St Bernadette 'til I was 20.