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The Crucifixion

By an Eye Witness

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Health Research, Pomeroy, United States
Published: 1st Sep 2002
Dimensions: w 114mm h 175mm d 13mm
Weight: 159g
ISBN-10: 0787300012
ISBN-13: 9780787300012
Barcode No: 9780787300012

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Kirkus UK
Phaidon's pocket-size yet chunky book is a compilation of approximately 120 colour reproductions of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, in chronological order commencing with an ivory relief from the fifth century (when images of the crucifixion first appeared) and finishing with Craigie Aitchison's 'The Crucifixion', painted in 1997-98. The images range from the romantic to the harrowingly real. The book carries no unifying text by a specific author, but some of the reproductions are embellished by a brief narrative on the opposite page. Against Lovis Corinth's 'The Large Martyrdom', for example, is written 'the twentieth century once more saw a concentration on the physical horrors of the crucifixion, the emphisis in Lovis Corinth's disturbing image is less on redemption and salvation than man's inhumanity to man'. Salvador Dali's renowned 'Christ of Saint John of the Cross', the crucifixion seen from above, is included and also warrants a short narrative, but there is no narrative attached to paintings by Titian, Goya, Blake, Redon, Ernst and Spencer, to name but a few, nor to the photographic print by Robert Mapplethorpe. This inconsistency can be seen as a flaw, raising the question in the mind of the reader, 'why are some works endowed with narratives and not others?' Furthermore, a reader not familiar with a particular artist would surely welcome some narrative detail, however brief. Containing some powerful and startling paintings, the book is nevertheless ideal to thumb through. (Kirkus UK)