About the Cover and From the Editor's Desk

Emma Graham


The devotional painting of Johann Melchior Georg Schmittdner featured on the front of this issue depicts, “Mary Undoer of Knots.” Upon initial inspection, this painting has the power to evoke tremendous response through its use of colour, symbolism and scale. Mary remains the only part of the painting in full colour, wearing red and blue to symbolize, I think, both her humanity (blood red) and her graced divinity, through the blue heavenly mantle. Further, the very centre of the painting is taken up by a dazzling white knotted rope which flows freely from her hands, as she unties it. Lastly, the painting stands at 6 feet tall, meaning in person, Mary would match the size of a regular woman, giving the painting a sense of vitality.

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