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Ruth and the Wheat Harvest Painting by Tiago Azevedo

Ruth and the Wheat Harvest Painting by Tiago Azevedo

The subject is taken from the Old Testament Book of Ruth. Here the Moabite Ruth is gleaning, gathering up corn left after the harvest, to support her widowed mother-in-law. The landowner Boaz who talks to her has come to show his admiration for her support for her family. The two eventually married, and King David, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were among their descendants.

In this painting, Ruth looks at us in a seductive way, showing that even among the hard fieldwork our true essence is not lost, this the gaze is directed towards Boaz snowing the viewer how he would have felt in that moment. The red robes contrast with the harvest field and immediately throws her to the foreground as the main character depicter in a pop surreal environment.

Ruth, being that she's not Jewish, represents humanity. The other relative, who had the legal rights to buy the property and marry Ruth, represents the law. Finally, Boaz represents Christ, God and love. The book of Ruth is a symbolic foretelling of Christ's relationship to humanity.

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