A take on The Sacrifice of Isaac, by Caravaggio.
A piece of Art History that seems to begin with the elaborate use of light in the extremely complex compositions of the “Golden” period of Flemish painting could end with the introduction of light as the main cause of creating kaleidoscopic hallucinatory images which are also unlimitedly compound and complex. As Robert Sobieszek writes, “Art History is over. The light writes in space. Art is a comet’s tail.”
The Sacrifice of Isaac
The painting illustrates the passage of the Old Testament in which God ordered Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Caravaggio faithfully depicts the crucial moment of the dramatic story, when Abraham, at the very moment in which he is about to sacrifice Isaac, is blocked by an angel sent by the Lord.
Caravaggio chose to humanise the angel’s figure, placing him alongside Abraham as a solid presence that firmly grips the old man’s wrist. In the background is a hilly, Mediterranean landscape, with small roads and farm animals, and a small village.
The painting was donated to the Uffizi in 1917, by John Fairfax Murray, who had purchased it as a work by Gherardo delle Notti, from a company that had bought up a part of the possessions from the Colonna Sciarra family from Rome, in the late 19th century.
“Bildakt” duo consists of Maria Tsiroukidou and Kosta Gourtzis.
Maria Tsiroukidou was born in Kozani. She studied painting at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and completed the Postgraduate Program "Audiovisual Arts in the Digital Age" at the Department of Audio and Visual Arts of the Ionian University. Kostas Gourtzis was born in Kavala. He studied painting at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and completed the Master of Visual Arts at the School of Fine Arts in Athens.