Jul 12, 2011

Christ the Light of the World and The Awakening

The painting of Christ the Light of the world by Holman Hunt is one of his most famous paintings. The picture on the left is also by Hunt who  painted this secular version of his religious work,  In this picture a young woman starts up from the lap of her lover, struck by the sudden knowledge of her sin. The entire painting can be read for symbolism: the cat tormenting a bird, the scattered music sheets on the floor, the tangled embroidery threads,the discarded glove, and so on. Seeing these side by side one realises that what she hears is Christ knocking.

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