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Today is Good Friday, the anniversary of Jesus’ death on the cross. After the Virgin and Child, the Crucifixion is the most common subject of Christian art, and numerous examples can be found in Italian painting, sculpture, and manuscripts. Whether as part of an iconic Crucifix or the focus of a narrative, the image of Jesus on the cross has been repeatedly reinterpreted by Italian artists to remind Christian viewers of Jesus’ sacrifice to absolve them of their sins. Complementary images include the Agony in the Garden, the Deposition, the Lamentation, and the Entombment. The centurion Longinus who pierced Jesus’ side was immortalized by Gianlorenzo Bernini as one of four monumental sculptures created to decorate the crossing of New St. Peter’s in Rome.
Coppo di Marcovaldo, Crucifix, after 1261, tempera on panel, Pinacoteca Civica, San Gimignano
Early Christian woodcarver, Crucifixion, ca. 430, wood, Santa Sabina, Rome
Early Christian sculptor, Passion Sarcophagus, detail, ca. 430, marble, Lateran Museum, Rome
Altichiero, Crucifixion, 1376-9, fresco, Basilica di Sant’Antonio, Padua
Fra Angelico, Crucifixion with Mourners and Sts Dominic and Thomas Aquinas (Cell 37), 1441-2, fresco, San Marco, Florence
Andrea Mantegna, Agony in the Garden, ca. 1459, tempera on panel, National Gallery, London
Rosso Fiorentino, Deposition, 1521, oil on panel, Cathedral, Volterra
Giotto, Lamentation, 1305, fresco, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua
Raphael, Entombment, 1507, oil on panel, Galleria Borghese, Rome
Gianlorenzo Bernini, Longinus, 1631-8, marble, St. Peter’s, Rome
No Surface Without a Seat
Berlin isn’t the warmest of places, so I was continually surprised by the amount of outdoor seating around the city. In some neighborhoods, sidewalk cafes, public benches, beer gardens, or terraces seemed to be at every turn. But what surprised me even more than the sheer amount of seating, was the seemingly ad-hoc, improvised, or innovative nature of many of the options. Anywhere there was a surface or some extra space, you were bound to find a cushion, a folding chair, a crate, or some recycled materials inviting you to sit down and take a break. It wasn’t limited to restaurants and bars either - cushions and chairs could be found on the steps, ledges, sidewalks, and street corners outside of clothing stores, gift shops, and all sorts of other random places.
My visit was in April, presumably the time of year when these chairs and cushions first emerge from winter storage. I’d be curious to take walk through the city in summertime to see them in greater use, and to see if even more sprout up. It must create an impressively vibrant street life.
Photos taken April, 2014
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Hello, my name is Isaac Trujillo. I love the Game of Thrones series. I created this illustration of Jon Snow, and would love it if you shared it with the community. Hope you enjoy.