juiciest tomato ornament

This glass ornament is inspired by one of Corita's favorite subjects: the tomato. 


In her 1964 serigraph, juiciest tomato of all, Corita paired a slogan appropriated from a can of Del Monte tomato sauce with a representation of the Virgin Mary. Kent famously drew ire from the Catholic Church for her radical embrace of popular culture and updated conception of female divinity.


• 3" x 3" x 2.5" 


Samuel Eisenstein was an English professor and writer who visited Immaculate Heart College for the 1964 Mary's Day celebration. The text included on this print is taken from a letter Eisenstein wrote to Corita about his experience at Mary's Day. Cardinal James Francis McIntyre was enraged by the print and considered the likening of Mary to "the juiciest tomato" a desecration. The tomato was also once connected to the Rosa Mystica, or "Mystical Rose," the name given to the Blessed Mother during apparitions in Northern Italy. Corita made a second work, titled simply, tomato in 1967.