Painting of Angelina_Jolie as Virgin Mary hovering over a Wal-Mart check out line

A painting of actress Angelina Jolie as the Virgin Mary hovering-over a WalMart check-out line is on sale for US$50,000 and has created a buzz on the Internet.

Kate Kretz has painted for 20 years but none of her previous works has garnered the attention given “Bless Art Thou,” which was to show at Art Miami 2007 beginning on Friday. One reason for the attention was a posting of the painting on the popular gossip site, perezhilton.

The painting – acrylic and oil on linen – depicts an angelic Jolie in the clouds, holding her newborn daughter Shiloh with children Maddox and Zahara at her legs. Below them is a checkout line at Wal-Mart, where women wait in line. The painting is for sale through Chelsea Galleria in Miami, which represents Kretz. The painting has gotten much attention from celebrity web sites and blogs. Since the buzz started, the number of daily unique visitors to Kretz’s own blog has jumped from an average of 30 to 15,000 on Wednesday.

According to Kretz, Jolie was chosen for the subject because of Jolie’s dominant presence in the media, the worldwide anticipation of her child, her ‘unattainable’ beauty and the good that she is doing in the world through her example, which adds another layer to the already complicated questions surrounding her status.

Angelina Jolie,an American film actress, who is often cited by popular media as one of the world’s most beautiful women.