Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Lamb of God According to Scott Brooks

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"Sheep Is the New Black" (2006) by Scott Brooks. Mixed media on paper 10" x 13". A&O Collection 
In Christian symbolism, the sheep represents Jesus as "the lamb of God." This idea runs throughout Christian and Jewish history. It can be traced all the way back to Genesis 22, when God called Abraham to go to Mount Moriah to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. It is the story sacrifice, and in the Agnus Dei symbol, the lamb was used to symbolize innocence. "Sheep Is the New Black" is a remarkable painting by Washington, DC artist Scott G. Brooks. The illustration is on one level simple, but with a profound message for contemporary Christians. The two figures: the lamb and the black figure as Christ stare directly at the viewer with the backdrop of a dramatic play. Both are being led to slaughter it is peaceful and accepting of the situation, as Christ was (note the theatrical sunburst).
Ghent Altarpiece; The central "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" panel, by Jan
Agnus Dei (The Lamb of God) by Francisco de Zurbaran 1635 1640 San Diego Museum of Art