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Orbital Dying

Watching the Crucifixion from God’s Point of View

Martin Wiesinger    HFBK Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, Deutschland    

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abstract

A small drawing made by Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591) shows the Crucifixion in a rare, if not unique, view from above. Opening with a closer look at the restoration report as well as the iconographic reception of the drawing within later images, the following paper seeks to bring out the drawing’s triangular constellation of subject, image and others in regard of the intertwined dynamics of individuality, positioning and image-making. The diagonal perspective onto the Passion speaks from a dis-placed subjectivity in face of the image and by the example of the author’s own practice of drawing, a possible understanding of this rare point of view shall be gained.

Published
Dec. 21, 2022
Submitted
Oct. 28, 2022
Language
EN
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-675-6

Keywords: AltarCrucifixionOrbitBird’s-eye ViewJohn of the CrossArtistDrawingAudience

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