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

Related to Mother of God, ca. 1950

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

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This detail of the lower right corner of Mother of God shows an advertisement featuring a quote from Catholic Review: “An invaluable spiritual road map . . . As simple and fundamental as life itself.” This fragment has often been interpreted as a clue to the meaning of the painting’s title. It appears over a painted metallic line that used to be a bright silver and gold but has since oxidized, losing its luster.

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