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Happy Good Saturday,
A – Andrea Mantegna
Mantegna was an Italian painter in the 1400s who loved to experiment with perspective as is plainly seen in “The Agony in the Garden” (c. 1459). What interests me more is his use of perspective in “The Dead Christ” (c. 1480) — this poignant portrait of the Lord as he laid in the tomb is filled with imagery.
There are the holes from the nails in his hands and feet, the hastily laid cloth covering his genitals reminding us of the lateness of day and impending Sabbath, and a stark discoloration of the Lord’s body compared to his mourners and the burial cloth that reminds us he has already passed on.
But speaking of perspective, take a look at the feet of the Lord and their proportion to the rest of his body, and what about the emphasis on the Lord’s genitals which was more commonly done in paintings of the Christ child?
|The Agony in the Garden.|
|The Dead Christ.|
R – Matthew 27 “Jesus is Buried”
57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
T – Miracle Maker (2000)
The Miracle Maker was a stop motion/animated movie about Jesus, told through the eyes of a young girl Tamar. Ralph Fiennes, the brother of Joseph Fiennes of Luther and Risen, stars as Jesus.
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