John Reilly - The healing of the lunatic boy
John Reilly (1928-2010)
Oil on canvas board
66.5 x 106 cm
Methodist Modern Art Collection
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Matthew 17: 14 –18
As in his miracle of the loaves and fishes (see previous entry), Reilly places Jesus and his works, in this case the healed boy, in a golden yellow light. By contrast, those in the everyday, ‘fallen’ state of humankind (the boy, in one of his lunatic fits, between the two disciples who tried and failed to heal him) are cocooned in a dark and dismal world.
Commentary based on A Guide to the Methodist Art Collection.