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Toxic Mary

Banksy

Specifications

  • Artist: Banksy
  • Year: 2003
  • Medium: Screen Print on Paper (Signed/numbered by the artist)
  • Size: 70cm x 50cm
  • Edition: Edition of 150

In this print, Banksy casts the Virgin Mary as a fallen angel and strips her of her good-girl image. This picture depicts her giving poison to a baby, instead of milk, which transforms a prototypical life-bearer into a murderer. This might be suggestive of the way in which religion is often considered a force for good but has a dark, sinister and violent underbelly. In this case, the toxic nature of the milk bottle is symbolic of the damage that religious rhetoric can cause to children who are brought up to blindly and unthinkingly accept the Church, faith and Christianity.

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