Brian Hunter

Brian Hunter

Posted on 08/15/2013

Photo taken on August 15, 2013

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Spencer sees Christ walk the steets of Cookham

Spencer sees Christ walk the steets of Cookham
Spencer's home village of Cookham, by the Thames, was central to his art and to his identity.

As noted elsewhere, like the fifteenth century Italians he admired, his art was always open to the possibility that the physical and spiritual worlds might intertwine in unexpected ways - in particular that major events of biblical history could play out in the streets of Cookham. In this work Jesus carries his cross through the village, with the spectators looking out from upstairs windows doubling as the heavenly host and the pointed railings serving as an echo of the spears of the Roman legionaries doing crowd control duties on the way to Calvary. The men carrying the ladders to assist in the Crucifixion look like a couple of local painters and decorators borrowed to take part in an event which transcends them.

My fuller reflections on the Dulwich exhibition can be found on my blog