"Christ Preaching to the Poor" (Variations on an etching of Rembrandt)
I love Rembrandt's etchings. I've seen a number of exhibits and have a few books of the great painter, including one of Rembrandt's Bible Drawings. This painting comes from that book. I used to do things like this to study composition by taking a great one and adding my own color and passion. In this I've tried to paint Christ as a compassionate man of infinite wisdom as opposed to the God. Nowhere in the Bible does Christ say he is the one and only begotten Son of God. It was painted at a time in the 1980's when Ann and I had split up for a year. I listened to music from the time I woke up until I went to bed, and for about four years listened to nothing but Wagner. I was also in my first couple readings of Schopenhauer and thought a lot about sprituality and philosophy, especially Eastern. I especially like the figure seated to his immediate right at his feet, in deep contemplation. That guy looks like me and probably was from somewhere in my consciousness. The color adds it's own language that is not in the original black and white.
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