Sunday, October 30, 2016

RELIGIOUS ART | NEWS OF WEEK

ALPHA OMEGA ARTS
By Ernest & Gregory Disney-Britton
Art of Week: Pablo Picasso’s “Crucifixion” (1930), an oil-on-plywood painting in the Musée Picasso in Paris measures 20 by 26 inches
Our Uncle Bobby fears Hillary Clinton, and that fear will guide his vote on November 8. But what if we could all crucify the "fear" in our hearts and instead all be preparing to embrace the birth of a new era ahead? Crucifying fear is the idea behind this weekend's movie pick, "Birth of a Nation" and also the new play "Finding Home: 200 Years in Indiana." It is also the idea that Pablo Picasso explored in today's art of the week, "Crucifixion, " a small Surrealist painting completed in 1930. The overall theme of the work is the suffering of innocents like Jesus, His mother, Mary Magdalene, and the penitent thief. Using symbolic colors for the figures (e.g. red, white, yellow, blue), Picasso frames the fear of that day in black leading to the moment when Jesus “yielded up his spirit" (Matthew 27:50). Yielding up the spirit is the opposite of an act of fear. It is an act of love. Pablo Picasso's "Crucifixion" is an invitation to choose.

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