Colin McCahon

Altar - still life

Altar - still life by Colin McCahon

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By painting the letters IHS, an abbreviation of Ihesus (Jesus in Greek), onto the surface of this altar McCahon further emphasises Christ’s sacrifice which is commemorated in Holy Communion. As an integral part of Christian worship, the altar is the focal point of most churches. (McCahon's Visible Mysteries, 2004)

Title
Altar - still life
Artist/creator
Production date
1967
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
560 x 760 mm
Inscription
primary: signed & dated l.c., ink, "McCahon '67" secondary: titled l.l.cnr., ink, "ALTAR - STILL LIFE"
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1988
Accession no
C1994/1/244
Other ID
cm000313 Catalogue Number
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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