Unspeakable images: when words fail


No single painting of Christ in the canon of Christian art can adequately express what Christians believe about him, but this final episode considers how a painting can point beyond itself, encouraging the viewer not to take the image at face value but to engage with the mystery it presents.

Chloë Reddaway explores the use of blank spaces as a radical way of indicating divine activity and looks at the value of unfinished works in stimulating the viewer’s imagination with a close look at Michelangelo’s unfinished masterpiece, The Entombment (c. 1500–1).

From The National Gallery.

Cite this page as: The National Gallery (London), "Unspeakable images: when words fail," in Smarthistory, June 30, 2018, accessed October 15, 2019, https://smarthistory.org/unspeakable-images-when-words-fail/.