Jesus and His Apostles Went Up the Mountain
Qes Adamu Tesfaw (Ethiopian, b. 1933)
MediumPaint on cloth
DimensionsWork : 60 x 39 in. (1.5 x 1 m)
Credit LineGift of Neal and Elizabeth Sobania
LabelQes Adamu Tesfaw is an inventive artist whose paintings typically combine a mix of traditional and modern elements, all of which are expressed in a highly distinctive individual style. This painting may have been inspired by a passage from the Gospel of Mark 3:13-15: “Jesus went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons.” Qes Adamu conveys the basic elements of the story by placing Jesus in the center of the image facing outward, while the twelve apostles are depicted from the side and from the rear as if they are proceeding toward him. The visual impact of the sophisticated composition is heightened by the bold figure drawing and by the use of repeated colors in different combinations.