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Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Mother of God showing contours of circular form

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  • Detail of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Mother of God</em> showing contours of circular form

    Robert Rauschenberg, Mother of God, ca. 1950 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Mother of God showing a quotation from Catholic Review

    Robert Rauschenberg, Mother of God, ca. 1950 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Mother of God (verso) showing framing supports

    Robert Rauschenberg, Mother of God, ca. 1950 (verso)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Mother of God showing contours of circular form

    Robert Rauschenberg, Mother of God, ca. 1950 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Mother of God showing variations in map types

    Robert Rauschenberg, Mother of God, ca. 1950 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Mother of God showing layering of maps and paint

    Robert Rauschenberg, Mother of God, ca. 1950 (detail)

  • Mother of God

    Robert Rauschenberg, Mother of God, Wed Jan 02 00:00:00 PST 2013; oil, enamel, printed maps, newspaper, and metallic paint on Masonite, 48 in. x 32 1/8 in. (121.92 cm x 81.6 cm); Fractional purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis and promised gift of an anonymous donor; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; photo: Ben Blackwell


This detail shows a few of the torn map fragments (taken from Rand McNally & Company road atlases) that Rauschenberg collaged into Mother of God. Rauschenberg articulated the circular form in the center of the work with both paint and paper. In some sections, the edge of the circle is formed by paint applied over collaged paper, while in others the arc is created by areas of torn paper affixed to the painted surface.