Chagall’s Self-Portrait With a Clock: A Meditation on the Crucifixion

In 1947, modernist painter Marc Chagall painted a picture called Self-Portrait with a Clock.In it, the clock is centered at the top of the painting, like a blue bird in flight. The spread of its wings is reminiscent of the dove in Renaissance paintings of the Blessed Virgin. The hands are nearing three o'clock—the foreboding time of Christ's death upon the cross.Beneath the clock the artist leans, his cheek resting on the head of a donkey. Is this the sad-eyed donkey the one which once c … [Read more...]

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