Contemporary votive illustrations: A lost thing

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.

Alice Thompson: A lost thing

Alice Thompson: A lost thing

Alice Thompson’s latest illustration is for this story:

When I was about five years old I lost a ring; I think it was gold – but anyway, it was very special to me. I was crying and on my way home when an old lady asked me what was wrong. I told her I had lost my ring and she told me to pray to Saint Antony, who is the patron saint of lost things. I prayed with her, and when we looked for my ring again I found it. I tell everyone I know if they lose things to pray to Saint Antony and it usually works. (I would like to add here that I am an atheist.)

Kim Tanner, Worcester. Fifty years ago. Probably for Saint Antony.

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

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