Contemporary votive illustrations: A gift greater than any

12 March 2012

Our exhibition ‘Infinitas Gracias: Mexican miracle paintings‘ has just closed, but we have a few more contemporary votive illustrations to share with you, based on stories submitted by visitors to Wellcome Collection and to our website. Just as Mexican ex-voto paintings were made by painters to tell stories of thanks, these contemporary stories of gratitude involve an exchange between storyteller and illustrator.

 Liz Anelli: A gift greater than any
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Liz Anelli: A gift greater than any

Liz Anelli’s latest illustration is for this story:

In the spring of 2009, Jessie Bond was kind enough to give me shelter when I was thrown out of my lodgings by my cantankerous landlady, after giving her notice of my leaving. I had nowhere to go and half of my possessions on my back. I called Jessie at midnight and asked her if I could stay on her sofa. It may not have seemed a great deal worthy of thanks to her but at that exact moment, it was a gift greater than any.

You can find out more about Liz Anelli’s work and explore more votive illustrations on the Wellcome Collection website.