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In The Holy Kinship (1500-1510), the artist Matthäus Gutrecht the Younger defies convention by portraying the importance of matriarchy, via the semiotics of the nimbus.
Within Christian art, the nimbus has been widely used as a signifier of divinity.
He was utterly scandalised by the scene before him.
However, there are several cases in which women are also represented with this divine signifier.
One work in which the nimbus as a signifier of matriarchal status and lineage is epitomized is Gutrecht's portrayal of The Holy Kinship, in which the women, but not the men, are shown nimbed.
Civilization is being uprooted from its foundations in nature and tradition and is being reconstituted in a new organization which is as artificial and mechanical as a modern factory.
In Western Europe, however, the traditions of the older culture, although greatly weakened, are still strong enough to prevent the full development of this process.