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

Related to Mother of God, ca. 1950

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

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Rauschenberg painted the Masonite panel on which Mother of God is composed before adding the map fragments. In this detail we see a painted area along the left side, beneath the map of Philadelphia. Although this section of the work is mostly white, patches of black are also visible, suggesting that Rauschenberg began with black and later covered over some of the black areas with white paint.

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