A Bove Majore Discit Arare Minor


TitleA Bove Majore Discit Arare MinorArtistSebastian SchagerMediaGold leaf / metal leaf, acrylic paint, spray paintMaterialsCanvas on 6,5cm stretcher bars, varnishedDimensions130x130cmYear2019AvailabilityAvailable / Accepting version commissionCopyrightArtis.Love e.U.Photo © By the artist


The figures of the Virgin Mary, the infant Jesus, and an infant John the Baptist are shown in a interweaved group in the center in front of the golden background of the square painting. Mary is wearing floral hippie wreath reffering to the ideology of peace, love and tolerance of the ’68 generation. By extending her right leg along a diagonal, her head turned towards the spectator staring out of the painting, Mary steadys Christ as he leans forward unsteadily to touch the hunting rifle held by John. The weapon refers to Christ’s passion, death and resurrection as well as the violent nature of hunaity passed generation to genaration, deeply embeded into our genes – no prospect of being eable to break free from the vast history of war and murder.

The latin lettering translates into: “The old ox teaches ploughing to the young ox”

Staring point for the 2019 version is the Madonna del Prato (Madonna of the Meadow), formally Madonna with the Christ Child and Saint John the Baptist, is a 1506 painting by Raphael, now held in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. It is also known as the Madonna del Belvedere after its long residence in the imperial collection in the Vienna Belvedere.