Sunday, August 23, 2009

The shadow of death

This is an interesting painting by William Hunt. I don't think it quite succeeds. I like the way Mary is shown as being startled and alarmed by the shadow of her Son that looks like a crucifixion. But why is the Lord shown as being half dressed in public? And why are thy both barefoot in a workshop full of sharp objects and stone and wood chips? It must have been splinter central.


Anita Moore said...

This is the artist who tried to present the life of Christ with ethnic and cultural accuracy. He did an interesting painting of the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple.

Incidentally, I've never understood why anybody would want to walk barefoot everywhere, especially over hot desert terrain, and in a time when the primary mode of transportation left nasty surprises all over the place.


Doesn't work for me either. Have you seen any of Tommy Canning's work? Take a gander when you get the chance.

Sanctus Belle said...

Yeah this painting is creepy. Jesus has a sort of effimnancy to him and can you believe for a second he would appear to his beloved mother this way?? Half naked and looking up so...strangely?? Honestly, I wish artists would stop trying so dang hard to be artistic and focus more on creating things that are actually beautiful.

Dymphna said...

Yes, the girlishness really bothers me.

Lola said...

I think the artist could do a do over.

But, I like the idea of the shaddow eposing the reality. Just, Jesus could have been wearing more clothes and reaching for a tool or board. Sandles would be nice.

But, I'd rather have half the talent and paint my own.
(I don't...)

Oh, Anita, you should see the children down here in Florida. We can hardly keep shoes on their feet!