Have you seen the picture of the painting protraying Angelina Jolie as Virgin Mary?
A North Carolina artist Kate Kretz intrigued by the public obsession with celebrity has found herself feeding that obsession with a painting of actress Angelina Jolie as the Virgin Mary hovering over a Wal-Mart check-out line.
"My intention was to ask a question and get people to think," Kretz said in a telephone interview Friday from Miami. "I had no idea so many people would be asking a question and thinking."
On her blog, Kretz, 43, said the painting addresses "the celebrity worship cycle." She said she chose Jolie for the subject "because of her unavoidable presence in the media, the worldwide anticipation of her child, her 'unattainable' beauty and the good that she is doing in the world through her example, which adds another layer to the already complicated questions surrounding her status."
This photo of the painting "Blessed Art Thou,"provided by Chelsea Galleria The painting will be shown at Art Miami, an arts show. (AP Photo/Chelsea Galleria, Kate Kretz)
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