OMETIMES AN ARTIST is more eloquent when he is silent. Prud’hon’s Crucifixion is powerful because he has hushed all areas of the canvas except for Christ’s languishing body. I find it interesting that there is almost no blood in this painting. Instead, it appears that it is Christ’s resurrected body, in all its perfection that hangs upon the cross. Perhaps this is a vision of Calvary in the eyes of God rather than in the eyes of man.
And the earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep… And God said: Be light made. And light was made. Genesis 1:2-3
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