Friday, 29 March 2013

Good Friday

Alfred Wallis, Crucifixion,
or Allegory with Three Figures and Two Dogs
, 1932-4
photo:  © Kettle's Yard, Cambridge
Source: BBC Your Paintings

It's Good Friday.  Today, 1,980 years ago, Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on the cross by the Romans, at the place called Golgotha (or Calvary) just outside Jerusalem.

If you're interested, you can read about this in the Bible.  Try the New Testament, Gospel according to Matthew, chapter 27.

Alfred Wallis has changed the usual iconography in mysterious ways.  The man with the cap seems like a remnant of a Roman soldier.  But who are the dogs?  And why are two crucified men standing on top of one another?

Other seasonal posts:

• Christmas
• Durga Puja


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