Don’t lick the Jesus!

As Napoleon lay dying at St. Helena, he must have spent hours staring up at the deep green wallpaper that was installed in his sick room. In the tropical humidity of the locale, the high levels of arsenic used to make such an indelible green pigment filled the air and contributed to the death of the diminutive despot. That same green, so popular and so deadly with the Victorians makes an appearance in the background of these circa 1890, Immaculate and Sacred Heart lithographs of Jesus and Mary. As do heavy Cadmium reds and a healthy dose of lead throughout. But such vibrance surely can not come without a price! You can adore them, you can worship them, you may throw darts at them… But please, don’t lick the Jesus!