Anthony Christian's "Crucifixion of the Female Principal"


Anthony Christian's colossal painting "The Crucifixion of the Female Principle" depicts a woman levitating above fields, flanked by a population of nude women languishing in the clouds. This eroticized take on Renaissance paintings transforms the religious into a study of the body and female form in an elevated vision of this commodified pose. The roses set in place of blood where the nails bound Christ to the cross indicate a sense of voluptuousness in the place of violence. This painting replaces religious iconography with the erotic and the female, producing commentary on the image of the female in our artistic culture.