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This blog journals my quest of art, whether it is a piece of work that is inherent in nature or one created by artists known or unknown or that I created myself. During this search, I have come to appreciate the magnificence and generosity of God who in his infinite wisdom surrounded us with exquisiteness everyday...everywhere and inspired our human spirit to create beauty that feeds our bodies and souls. Come join me on my journey to find art through my travels and my own creative endeavors. Maraming salamat.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Lamentation of Christ Painting

Painted in memory of the victims of the 2011 Great East Earthquake and Tsunami

Lately, I've switched from painting the Madonna and Child to paintings relating to the death of Jesus Christ. I just completed this watercolor entitled The Lamentation of Christ. a very common subject in Christian art.  The event represents the time after Jesus was crucified, his body was removed from the cross and his friends and family mourned over his body including the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene and St. John the Evangelist. Lamentation works are very often included in cycles of the Life of Christ, and also form the subject of many individual works. One specific type of Lamentation depicts only Jesus' mother Mary cradling his body. These are known as Pietà (Italian for "pity"). 

My painting was started in March and while I was painting it the great earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, killing more than 15,000 people. It is one of most powerful earthquakes to have hit Japan and the world in recorded history. Like everyone else, I watched the incident unfold on TV with horror and worry. I truly admired the calm and dignified way the Japanese confronted this unfathomable crisis.

Japanese women lamenting their losses from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami
For some reason, as I was painting this piece, my characters started to look Japanese. I think it was because I was thinking about them and imagining the lamentations of those who have lost members of their family and, least of all, their home and all their worldly possessions. But I know the Japanese people will rise again even stronger from this experience. I continue to pray for this nation and all those affected by disasters brought on by Mother Nature.

From Wikipedea : The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, also known as the Great East Japan Earthquake, (Japanese: "Eastern Japan Great Earthquake Disaster" was a magnitude 9.0 (Mw) undersea megathrust earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred at 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC) on Friday, 11 March 2011,with the epicenter approximately 70 kilometres (43 mi) east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tōhoku and the hypocenter at an underwater depth of approximately 32 km (20 mi). It was the most powerful known earthquake to have hit Japan, and one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world overall since modern record-keeping began in 1900. The earthquake triggered extremely destructive tsunami waves of up to 38.9 metres (128 ft)that struck Japan, in some cases traveling up to 10 km (6 mi) inland. In addition to loss of life and destruction of infrastructure, the tsunami caused a number of nuclear accidents, primarily the ongoing level 7 meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant complex, and the associated evacuation zones affecting hundreds of thousands of residents. The overall cost could exceed US$300 billion, making it the most expensive natural disaster on record.

Paintings of The Lamentation of Christ by Italian High Middle Ages and Renaissance painters
by Fra Angelico

by Ugolino Lorenzetti

by Sandro Boticelli

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