|Dressing Image of the Virgin of Mercy or "Pilgrim of Quito," Quito, about 1700–1750. LACMA. Photo by @Arix_Ki|
The infant Jesus in an 18th-century Ecuadorean sculpture at LACMA has gone viral for its resemblance to Mark Zuckerberg
. Twitter user @Arix_Ki, identified as a product designer at Riot Games, noted the similarity to the Facebook/Meta billionaire and posted a photo on Aug. 14
The polychrome wood sculpture is a small replica of Quito's Virgin of Mercy or Pilgrim of Quito. LACMA acquired the statuette earlier this year, and it's being shown for the first time in "Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800."
|Detail of Zuckerberg/Jesus. Photo by @Arix_Ki|
|Unidentified medieval ivory: "baby Jesus that looks like Mark Zuckerberg"|
|Joachim Bosse, Jesus Zuckerberg, c. 2016|
In 2016 Berlin artist Joachim Bosse displayed a statue
of Zuckerberg crucified on the Facebook logo. Bosse tried to sell it to Zuckerberg or Kanye West, apparently without luck, but the work was later issued as a small-scale multiple
|Detail, Jesus Zuckerberg|
Zuckerberg has somewhat of a baby face and the Quito sculpture of an infant has somewhat of an adult face.
Contrast with a person like Elizabeth Taylor, born during the first half of the 20th century. She looked like quite an adult even by her late teens, early 20s. Same thing with Caroline Kennedy's mother. When she gave a broadcast tour of the White House, she was in her early 30s. Videos of her at the time show a very mature, serious-minded person. At that same age, her daughter in 1988 had a face more like that of a member of a Girls Scout troop.
The celebrity Carrie Fisher (of Star Wars fame) had a bit more of that youthful-face quirk too, similar to Mark Zuckerberg's. But drugs and too much partying (and bad facelifts) by the time she reached her 50s sure did a number on her.
Extended immaturity, however, hasn't ramped up just when it comes to people's looks. It has increased in other things too, such as culturally. Look at the way the new AMPAS museum on Wilshire has been thrown together.