If an icon is a window on eternity, the human face is a window on the soul. For me the mother’s eyes look deeply inward. She is present to her own being, yet also aware of her next step on the road. I see peace, dignity and composure in her face. Some see her as sad and weary, a mother of sorrows; others see her as determined and resolute. Still others as pensive or contemplative. Just one person recognized a subtle smile of joy. Clearly, the mother’s face is not just a mirror of her soul, but also a mirror of our souls and all the needs, desires, feelings and thoughts we bring to the painting. As you gaze at her face what do you see in the mirror?
Nearly everyone who has seen the painting remarks on the wonder, awe and delight in the child’s face. At first glance some think the child is gazing at the mother. When they look more closely they see the child’s gaze looks beyond her face to the stars. The child seems transfixed, fascinated. I see hunger for beauty in the child’s face. The child’s mouth opens wide like a baby bird in a nest to taste and drink in the wonder and beauty of the stars. What does the child’s face evoke for you?