OK, let's just forget the fact that the most popular depiction of Jesus Christ is the most historically inaccurate one to the point of being hilarious on a historical level for a moment. Don't even get me started. Let's talk about Mary.
Does anyone notice that Virgin Mary looks like the princess of Midland from Berserk in most of her depictions?
It's hilarious, and that's one of the pictures where she looks almost Human.
In this one, she looks a little bit more real, but still. Not to diss classical art or anything, nor the Bible, but...really? I always liked to imagine that Virgin Mary looked a bit more like this:
That's not really the picture I wanted to use, but I couldn't find the old one I actually found on the Firefall forums one day. Idk. I guess I sort of expect her to look more like a Middle Eastern woman or something.
I assume it was much like for the same reason we have a White Mary. Some Renaissance artists wanted to make Mary look the way THEY imagined she would look in their paintings: A beautiful, young, Italian woman. Then the Catholic church or someone came along and wanted to make her look more like how THEY imagined her: The same but more White. And then due to colonialism and what-not, that became the most popular image of Mary.
Please excuse me if I sound ignorant. I just felt like ranting for some reason. At any rate, it most likely has somethin to do with the art style back then when the paintings were made. They have a very vintage fee and lookl to them, especially the first one.
More on the topic of the manga and anime of Berserk, I wonder if it was intentional? Since they BOTH were at some point virgins, after all.