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The Cross: Chagall, Dalí, Bruegel, Michelangelo August 8, 2015

Posted by anagasto in art, drawing, history, painting.
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The little upside down houses are what is left of a ghetto.
The large flame rising on the right of the picture is a burning synagogue.
Some people are trying to flee in a little boat, others are  still trying to save  some belongings.

It is the execution of Christ representing the Holocaust.
Sometimes it is considered Chagall’s answer to Picasso’s Guernica, but the two are hardly comparable, since the Guernica simply represents war.

The Holocaust was not an act of war in any way.

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Salvador Dalí : A bit spectral in all its beauty.

According to legend it is based on a drawing made by Saint John of the Cross some 450 years ago.

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The world’s most famous statue: Michelangelo’s  Pietà.
And some think it is Michelangelo’s best!
He was 23 at the time.

She is too tall compared to her son, but how otherwise could she hold him so lightly?

For the same reason  she is younger than her boy, and his body does not show the signs of torture.
If she were old and he were all torn up, the sculpture would not invite prolonged looking.

And so, is beauty really all subjective?

Her face and his legs, and then her grace, all of these are part of a design and a decision-making process similar to that behind an architect’s drawing.
Unlike canvass, stone does not allow rectifications. —

It was completed in 1499, made of Carrara marble, and meaures 195 cm in width,  in hight 77 inches.

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Bruegel did one of his large story boards to show how little the individual matters in a broad everyday context.

What at first looks like a big picnic scene is the hour preceding the execution of Christ.
He is dragging his cross up the hill, but he is hard to find, almost invisible in the crowds.
There is a little boy trying to help him. –A little to the right of him you would see a waggon with a man sitting in it looking scared; he is one of the criminals that will be crucified along with Jesus.

Can you see a white horse almost in the center of the painting?
Just above it is the cross.

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Bruegel had a son known as “Bruegel the Younger”, and he too did a “Crucifixion”.

However, you will see that it is much more cruel in its details.
This Bruegel actually tried to figure out how it was done.

As a result, his painting invites some sort of curiosity rather than reflection.

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I read that Chagall’s “White Crucifixion” was at the Chicago art museum, but not on display.

Dalí’s cross was bought by a museum in Scotland for US$ 8,000,- .
As the story goes, the Scots were upset about such a waste of good solid cash, but when later the Spanish government tried to buy the painting back for US$8,000,000,-, the Scots refused to sell.
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Added May 2, 2014

Lech Majewski turned the painting into a film. There is a good trailer at

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_mill_and_the_cross/

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Comments»

1. bellsandwhistles - October 24, 2010

In my opinion Michelangelo is by far the best, but Dali isn’t bad either.


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