Tuesday, January 13, 2009
photo: 24 Hour Museum
This emaciated, agonized Jesus is the crucifix that, until recently, hung outside St. John's Church in West Sussex, England. It's been removed and given to a museum because, as the BBC reports, "The Reverend Ewen Souter said the 10ft crucifix was "a horrifying depiction of pain and suffering" which was also "putting people off"."
Now, I grew up in a church whose representative image is the empty cross - a symbol of Christ's victory over death. Crucifixes have usually struck me as missing the point. Nevertheless, this work was a gift to St. John's from Edward Bainbridge Copnall, former President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. Pretty good credentials, really.
The rationale for removing the statue is that it's frightening the children. The church wants to present a more welcoming image.
Now I admit, this sculpture is pretty ghastly, but have any of these folks looked at the work of Hieronymus Bosch lately?
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