Beginning with Good Friday and including the days leading up to Easter Sunday, there are many religious paintings depicting Christ. His crucifixion, His being taken down from the cross, and his burial are common themes in religious art.
Probably the one most vividly remembered would be Michelangelo's "Pieta." Mary holds her dead son Jesus in her arms. One can only imagine the grief she must have felt.
In 1982 there was an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, "The Vatican Collection: The Papacy and Art." At that time I was fortunate enough to see an amazing painting by Caravaggio called "The Deposition" (1604). Although this is technically not a true deposition because Christ isn't being lowered into the tomb, it is however a testimonial to Caravaggio's genius as an artist.
His attention to detail, however minute, invites us, the observer, to be drawn into this drama. Nicodemus looks straight at us, thereby making us witnesses to Christ's death.
How does that make you feel? Personally, I felt as though I wanted to reach out and help in some way. But how?
That's the way Caravaggio makes you feel and react to his art, through total involvement: emotionally and physically.
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