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Maker(s):Goncharova, Natalia
Culture:Russian/French (1881-1962)
Title:A Common Grave, from the portfolio 'Mystical Images of War'
Date Made:1914
Measurements:Sheet: 9 3/4 x 12 13/16 in.; 24.8 x 32.5 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.17.16
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Goncharova based A Common Grave on Vasili Koren’s picture Bible from the late seventeenth century, most likely the depiction of the breaking of the fifth seal in the book of Revelation: “I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God. . . . And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season…” (Rev. 6:9, KJV). The ravens on the right side are carrion birds associated with death. Yet in this print, death is interpreted as coming salvation. The angel holds his hands in the “orans” position—a praying gesture frequently found in early Christian catacombs and Orthodox iconography.
BJ, 2014

angels; deaths; Christianity; wars; religion; visions; battlefields; corpses

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