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From Ghent: Berlinde De Bruyckere

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What do we receive from a painting? How does it bring insight and wisdom to us? In this online interlude, these questions are eloquently answered by the Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere. Recently asked to choose a painting she’d like to have on her living room wall, an image of comfort during the pandemic, De Bruyckere alighted on the Cristo morto sorretto da un angelo by Giorgione (circa 1502–1510), an image of the dead Christ supported by an angel. Included are De Bruyckere’s written thoughts and also her voice speaking them, along with supporting photographs. “What catches my eye is the angel holding the dead body, with his small, fragile hands,” she says. “The angel in the painting has wide, dark wings. Warm wings that can cover the body and carry it away to a gentler place. I see the warmth of wide wings all around me. In the efforts of the health care workers, but also in those who bury our dead in complete solitude.” Take six minutes to hear more from De Bruyckere, an artist who’s never been afraid of mortality, wide and dark and shadowing every living thing. —L.J.

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