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Artist:
Malcah Zeldis, born New York City 1931  Search this
Medium:
oil on fiberboard
Dimensions:
26 x 22 in. (66.0 x 55.9 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Folk Art
Date:
1973
Luce Center Label:
Many artists have immortalized the image of Mary holding the dead body of Jesus. Malcah Zeldis is a devout Jewish woman and finds it difficult to explain why she painted this Christian scene: “All I can say is that it was done after I attended a wedding which moved me very deeply. Somehow, very strong feelings were stirred up” (Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr., and Julia Weissman, Twentieth-century American Folk Art and Artists, 1974). Zeldis painted stark contrasts throughout the image to heighten the emotional impact of the scene: Leafless trees reach into the sky like the arms of the crucified, and white clouds fly across the top of the painting like messengers between heaven and earth.
Topic:
State of being\emotion\sorrow  Search this
Animal\donkey  Search this
Religion\New Testament\Christ  Search this
Religion\New Testament\Crucifixion  Search this
Religion\New Testament\Mary  Search this
Animal\bird\buzzard  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
Object number:
1986.65.159
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Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1986.65.159