David Driskell: Part I

This is the 1956 painting titled, “Behold Thy Son,” by David C. Driskell. The title of the painting comes from a Bible quote, from John, Chapter 19, verse 26. “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, ‘Woman, behold thy son!’” This work was created as a tribute to Emmitt Till, the 14-year-old African American boy who was brutally tortured and murdered less than a year earlier. It addresses a mother’s heartbreaking loss of her son.

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