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The Spiritual Themes in the Art of James C. Christensen


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The Widow's Mite
This painting represents an interchange between Christ and His disciples that occurred in the temple at Jerusalem. Christensen wrote, "From where he was sitting, Jesus could see 'the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury' (Luke 21:1). As He watched, a poor widow came and, in contrast to the offerings of the rich men, put in just two mites." Notice that Christensen painted the rich men in fantasy style in stark contrast to the widow.

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