I know that goes without saying but to think that this billboard would be controversial considering the season….
“Images of an obviously pregnant Mary are rare, said Jane Kristof, professor emeritus of art history at Portland State University.
“Generally, it was considered undignified,” she said. “The same is true of Mary nursing.” Artists instead rendered Mary gesturing toward her stomach to suggest that she was pregnant, Kristof said. “
The Virgin round with child is a standard in medieval and renaissance art. Pregnancy in the plague years especially was viewed as highly beautiful. Do quick search on the Madonna of the good milk or the Virgin Mother and you will have more images of breast feeding and pregnant Marys than you can shake a stick at. Now maybe Ms Kristof is talking about modern art… or maybe she is stuck in some weird alternate universe that hates pregnant woman… but I am not seeing the undignified thing she is thinking she sees. But then again this IS Portland we are talking about and as the oft seen bumper stickers reminds us — we keep it weird.