The Shadow of Death - William Holman Hunt

Apologies for the over saturation of pre-raphaelites recently, but here's a picture from the show at Tate Britain which I picked out on a quick whizz round the gallery. 

The Shadow of Death is a religious painting by William Holman Hunt, on which he worked from 1870 to 1873, during his second trip to the Holy Land. It depicts Jesus as a young man prior to his ministry, working as a carpenter. He is shown stretching his arms after sawing wood. The shadow of his outstretched arms falls on a wooden spar on which carpentry tools hang, creating a "shadow of death" prefiguring the crucifixion. His mother Mary is depicted from behind, gazing up at the shadow, having been looking into a box in which she has kept the gifts given by the Magi.

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 12:45

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