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19 September 2007

This picture means something:

It's been on my mind for days. Odd that it has. I own a print of it, but have it in storage.

Some friends of mine, years ago, insisted that the central figure had been wounded by arrows after doing mission work among the Amerindians. I always thought the wounds were the stigmata. According to the artist, it is actually that the Amerindians crucified him but some soldiers arrived and took him down and he survived. According to the artist, the man who is starting to heal, is going back.


S. Casey said...

Reminds of getting to page 100 of Dan Simmons' Hyperion.

cregil said...

I would ask what happened on page 100, but suppose I would rather read it myself if you recommend.

I think I am right that Willa Cather was inspired to write Death Comes for the Archbishop after seeing a print of this very image.

Like sitting in the Alamo listing to Soldier's Joy after hearing Èl Degüello.