Mark Kostabi, Madonna, 1984. Oil on canvas. Gift of Rebecca Frankel Wilkinson 1996-14-1
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Mark Kostabi (United States, b. 1960)
Madonna, 1984
Oil on canvas
Gift of Rebecca Frankel Wilkinson

In this painting, Kostabi juxtaposes a cash register with the figures of the Madonna and baby Jesus. The sickly-color of their skin could be a simple reference to how pigments change over time or the sentiment that everything in society, including religion and art, is for sale.


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Selected by Anne Sautman and Jon Seydl