Monday, December 31, 2012

Coronation of the Skeletons

Wolfgang Sangmeister from Hamburg is back. He created "this painting is 140 x 100 cm acrylics on canvas after the oil painting from Velázques."

I wasn't familiar with the painting inspiration, so I searched for it. It is "The Coronation of the Virgin" by Diego Velázques. If you are familiar with Christian iconography, you will probably recognize Mary in the center, with God to the right, and Jesus to the left. The little skulls at the bottom are the cherubs in the original. I'm not big on religious paintings, so of course I prefer the skull version. It's remarkable how similar the two paintings are. Wolfgang's version is simply beautiful.

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