cathy callan ireland

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Title         Christ (after Valazquez)
Medium  oil on wood with gold leaf
Size          (10.5x8.5 cm) x 2
Year         2007

Valazquez's painting "Christ on the cross" catches my
breath. His depiction of
the crucifixion is exquisite and
his interpretation of
suffering, whilst using a universal
image, is unique.
These miniatures stayed in mind for a
time before I
eventually got round to painting them in
My focus is on the portrait detail of Christ as he
surrenders to
death. The second work is a monochromatic
interpretation of
the same oil-painting detail, with gold leaf.

 © cathy callan 2008