Catacombs - Saying Goodbye Picture

First the why. This painting was created as my entry in the Gnomon Workshop monthly challenge for February of 2008. The topic for that month was Catacombs. I won first place with this painting.I didn’t want to paint dusty old tunnels, with zombies or walking skeletons. I wanted to add a human element that was emotionally stronger than my first idea of a female Indiana Jones like character. So I started thinking about popular mythology and the various historic uses for ancient catacombs. And then this lead me to the early Christian church. They hid, and worshipped in the catacombs. Well the most touching moment that I came up with, related to this stream of consciousness was a lover saying goodbye. So here we have a modern Mary Madelaine saying goodbye to Jesus, in a sense, not literally of course.
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