Photo of a Latina woman gazing at the 1897 painting by Anders Zorn of Mrs. Walter Rathbone Bacon.
Zorn was a Swedish artist who exhibited this painting at the Paris Salon.
It now hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Mrs. Bacon was the wife of the president of the B&O Southwestern Railroad.

Photo and prayer 2015 by Danny N. Schweers

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Judi wrote:
Love this. I am reading the book "Cutting for Stone", set in Ethiopia.

Craig wrote:
Great painting sends me into some kind of alpha state. As does this photo. Your sneakiness continues unabated!

Pat wrote:
I continue to marvel at your ability to connect a magnificent photograph with the thought provoking prayers that you you write. Your ability to make connections is uncanny. I am often surprised at what you write, but after I reflect upon it, I find myself in perfect agreement.

Lucia wrote:
I love, love this! This beautiful girl is God's art of the future.


Although the casually-dressed Latina woman is in stark contrast to the elegantly-dressed women portrayed in the paintings, I have a sense she is connecting to those women in spite of the obvious differences in race, class, and time period. That is to her credit, and to the credit of the painters and curators who have enabled her to connect to someone alive over a hundred years ago.

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