Hidden Gem in Phoenix Art
: Nuestro Señor el Desollado (Our Lord, The One Who is Flayed) : Paul Pletka : Phoenix Art Museum : 2004
Phoenix is not a city loaded with cultural offerings, but in any major city you visit there is usually a museum worth a visit, and you’ll often find a stunning off the radar artwork, like this. Beautiful colors, vibrant imagery. And big.
SummaryDuring the celebration of Lent throughout Mexico, rural communities reenact the stages of the Passion of Christ, which brings together Spanish Catholicism and the remnants of pre-Hispanic civilizations. Our Lord, the One Who is Flayed is compatible with both penitential images of Christ and the Mexican deity Xipe Totec, the god of renewal and greenery.
In the worship of Xipe Totec, an Indian Priest wore the flayed skin of a sacrificial victim, a symbolic act to encourage regeneration and the growth of crops. The painting includes numerous references and symbols from Catholic and native religious traditions.
Acrylic on canvas