Masoleum - Original Oil on canvas, 16" x 20", framed
A human skull encased in a group of art books. The formation of the books resembles a mausoleum. Behind the skull is an image of Caravaggio’s “The taking of Christ.’ This painting is an allegory for representational art history. The skull, like the bones within a mausoleum, represents the revered and deified dead art masters of the past, complete with religious imagery pushed to the shadows. The books, chronicling representational art movements and artists through time, are the structure that carries this revered, but seemingly extinct tradition. Some reverence this discipline and seek to add to it, while others see it as dead art, relegated to the past.