The God of Wealth by Marianna Foster

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Marianna Foster

The God of Wealth

2019

91.44 × 60.96 cm | 36 × 24 in

Oil on canvas

“The idea behind this oil painting is about modern gods or how gods like those of the Ancient Greece or Egypt would look today. I don’t think the idea of the gods that people had in previous centuries disappeared; they just transformed into another form. Today’s celebrities represents nearly the same meaning for people as did gods from the past. People look forward to seeing them, to meeting them, and many people ask them for help. People even believe that if they have something that belongs to modern gods it would make them happy, healthy, or rich.

“So it is in this oil painting Plutus (God of Wealth). Plutus was usually depicted as a boy holding a cornucopia full of grain because this symbol was impressive and desired. Now such a thing is not as impressive and some people might not know what a cornucopia is. But everyone knows and wants the dollar symbol.” – Marianna Foster