One main theme within the Gospel of Mark is that of secrecy. Jesus does not permit demons to let his identity be known as he performs miracles and orders people not to tell. He also teaches in the form of parables, only revealing their meaning to his disciples. Despite Jesus' orders for people not to spread the word about his healings and miracles, the news is spread and a large crowd constantly follows Jesus. However, Jesus must reach the cross and fulfill his mission. My illustrated version of Mark highlights these areas of secrecy. Each page symbolizes Jesus' journey to the cross as many people come to follow him and spread news of his miracles. As the crowd surrounding Jesus grows, so do the decorations and colors on the pages. Nearing the passion narrative, the color of the pages elevates as so many have come to know about Jesus and Mark's emphasis on the crucifixion.
Gillilan, Danielle, "Illustrated Mark: Aspects of Secrecy" (2008). Religious Studies Student Research, Projects, and Publications. Paper 1.