Mark 12:42 (NLT)
Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.
TIME OF DAY:
Not specified in Bible.
This scene is inside the court of the Temple, in Jerusalem. The light for this scene is diffused sunlight, coming from the left & right ends of the corridor-like space the figures are in.
Jesus (in blue outer robe & head scarf) is sitting in the background, watching the worshippers put their offerings into the Temple treasury chest. James (brother of John) is on the left of Jesus & Matthew/Levi on the right.
The focus of attention is the poor widow in the foreground, putting her two small coins into the treasury chest.
There is a rich woman in the foreground, on the right, looking impatiently at the poor widow.
This scene shows the widow dropping her 2 small coins into the offering box. Apparently they had metal funnels on the top! I have the poor widow dressed in shabby clothes, & she is looking up to heaven & silently giving thanks to God. Notice the frayed edges to her robe & the patch on it.
Contrasting the poor widow is the rich woman on the right, dressed in her fine clothes & looking unsympathetically (& annoyed at being kept waiting) at the widow! I have deliberately designed & placed the 2 foreground figures to provide a strong contrast to each other: the poverty-striken widow’s simple clothing contrasting with the impatient-looking rich woman in her splendid attire.
In the background we can see Jesus guesting at the widow & talking to James (on the left) & Matthew/Levi, on the right. Being a former tax collected I thought I’d put Matthew/Levi in the scene, looking a bit confused at Jesus’ observation that the poor widow had just “put more into the collection than anyone else”. That statement probably confused him!