(b. 1856, København, d. 1933, København)

Christ in the Realm of the Dead

Oil on canvas, 352 x 489 cm
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

The painting shows Jesus entering the realm of the dead as an almighty force, capable of saving and redeeming mankind at any time. The realm of the dead - with its anonymous throng of cadaverous beings crowding towards the light of deliverance after long years of darkness - may be Skovgaard's allegory of his times, a period full of doubt and insecure fumbling.

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