Tuesday, 11 August 2015


LUCAS CRANACH THE ELDER: 'Christ's Head With Crown of Thorns' (c. 1520-1525)

I am not a religious person at all, but I am very interested in Jesus as a historical figure, as a man and, of course, as the inspiration for countless sublime works of art. Cranach's Jesus looks like what he is: a condemned man trying to come to terms with his imminent death. At this stage of his last agonising hours on this Earth, Jesus must have felt resurrection and eternal life a very long way off indeed.

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