MediumPaint on cotton cloth
DimensionsWork : 34 1/2 x 20 in. (87.63 x 50.8 cm)
Credit LineGift of Neal and Elizabeth Sobania
LabelThis simple but powerful icon was painted by an unrecorded priest artist who was active in the city of Mekele in Tigray province during the 1960s and early 1970s. This artist painted on pieces of cloth using commercial pigments that he purchased with money earned from selling his art to foreigners. Although this painting is fairly recent, it follows much older traditions of Ethiopian icon painting with the anguished faces of Mary and John the Evangelist emphasizing the sorrow of Christ’s death while the angels collecting his blood remind us of the redemptive power of his resurrection.