Author: A.R. Danziger

Crucifixion

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I’ve finally finished a painting I’ve been working on for months. It’s a crucifixion scene using medieval conventions and symbolism, flanked by smaller scenes from the Old Testament that foreshadow Christ’s sacrifice and the Eucharist. Such typology, taken from scripture and the writings of the Church Fathers, was very popular in medieval period art and shows the great design of God’s salvation plan unfolding. I tried to reflect this order, harmony, and interconnectedness in the very composition.  The concept and design for this piece came to me during a challenging time when the subject of my daily meditation in prayer was the crucifixion. In working out the sketches of each scene I prayed through each one and hope that these images can inspire others to prayer.

From top left to bottom right:

  1. Priest/King Melchizedek blesses Abram with bread and wine (Genesis 14:17-24, Hebrews 7:1-28)
  2. Moses lifts up the bronze serpent  (Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:14-15)
  3. Moses strikes the rock (Numbers 20:1-13, 1 Corinthians 10:1-5)
  4. Crucifixion: At Golgotha (the place of the skull, traditionally Adam’s skull: 1 Corinthians 15:22) the veil of the temple is torn in two (Matthew 27:51, Hebrews 6:19-20, Hebrews 10:19-22),  the Sun is obscured and the Moon turned to blood (Luke 23:44-45, Acts 2:20-21) the Cross becomes the Tree of Life (Revelation 22:1-2), blood and water pour from Christ’s side (Zechariah 12:10 & 13:1, John 19:34)
  5. The lamb immolated on the altar (Exodus 29:38-41, 1 Peter 1:18-21)
  6. The sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19, John 3:16)
  7. The Passover (Exodus 12:1-51, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8)

Passion Sunday

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I finished this drawing of “The Man of Sorrows” in time for Passion Sunday.  This is one of those rare subjects that is traditionally represented the same way in both Eastern icons and Western paintings/ woodcuts.  It was possibly inspired by the Shroud of Turin (previously known as the Image of Edessa before it was taken from Constantinople by Crusaders.)

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