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Deep [Apr. 7th, 2007|09:28 am]
Tony Grist

I was a bit hard on Grunewald. And the Church. So I thought maybe I'd make amends by posting a picture of the Crucifixion that I like.


Perhaps the truth is I don't like any pictures of the Crucifixion.

They're all trying to manipulate me. 

Besides, naked blokes with beards don't do it for me.....

And then I thought of this one.


The Jesus is the least thing about it. 

The people you remember are God the Father and Mary the Mother- figures of immemorial dignity. 

This isn't the picture of a guy being tortured to death. It's the picture of a Mystery.

Masaccio was the first painter to master the third dimension. And it's not just about trompe l'oeil.  

It's about creating a doorway, a gateway, a portal .

Image:Masaccio 003.jpg



[User Picture]From: solar_diablo
2007-04-07 01:02 pm (UTC)
Orthodox iconography tends to do that - focus more on the mystery of the crucifixion than its agony. Come to think of it, the crucifixion is a rather uncommon subject for Orthodox artists to depict.

Maybe it's a sharper qualification to say your beef isn't with depictions of the crucifixion so much as the way Catholics (and some Protestants) use it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-04-07 01:23 pm (UTC)
I think the Orthodox show good taste in keeping off the crucifixion.

Yes, it's the guilt thing that annoys me most- the being put under an obligation to Jesus because he died so horribly for our sins. Did he indeed? I can't say I remember asking him to....

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