Shadow of Death, Holman Hunt (Giclee Print)

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The Shadow of Death 1870-3 William Holman Hunt 1827-1910 Hunt combines everyday detail with religious symbolism to create a painting rich in suggestion and meaning. An imaginary moment in the life of Christ contains symbolically His life and suffering. The shadow of Christ's outstretched arms foretells his crucifixion. The kneeling Virgin Mary opens a casket containing gifts from the Magi, recalling Christ's birth. The arched window behind Christ doubles as a halo. To make the Biblical scenery as accurate as possible, Hunt travelled repeatedly to Jerusalem and took great pains to recreate exactly what he saw. Some critics deplored the depiction of Christ as a working man, but the painting was immensely popular, and over 4,000 engravings of it were printed.

Giclee print on premium silk 240gsm paper
Paper size 560x800mm

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