In art, the infant Jesus is often portrayed with an "older" face, to indicate that He is "The Word".
This is to indicate to you and I, that Jesus is the wisdom of God the Father - made flesh.
Sometimes this results in a kind of uncomfortable compromise, and I am often asked why it is that the baby "looks like a little old man."
When the latest crib set was brought for restoration, my client complained..." He looks more like one of the three kings!"
So I thought about how I feel about my own bambinos, and made this one as sweet and loveable as I could!
I hope now when he is processed to the crib, he will be handled more tenderly because he looks a bit more, well - cuddly!
I am posting some photos of the recently restored Marian Retable designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1937.
We finished the work earlier this week, and the scaffolding is yet to be removed.
(Click below for larger images...)
As the original angels were missing, we made replicas of those on the main Reredos behind the high altar, and added those.
This approach was in keeping with the original design of 1937, though some gold spindles would have been a welcome addition to complete the look - (see below left.)
Our restoration of a Marian Retable.
Lewis and Lewis
is a Catholic family run business: specialising in statue restoration, and church interior projects.
Jeanette is a professional sculptor/fine artist and designer; husband David is a traditional upholsterer/technician.
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