Romare the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New

            Romare Bearden’s Golgotha
was created in 1945 and displays the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The scene
was drawn with ink and graphite on a piece of paper. It was painted by Bearden
with watercolors, creating a light and elegant piece. This would categorize the
masterpiece as a drawing even though it is later painted. The artwork is 19.875
by 25.5 inches. It is part of a collection Bearden created called The Passion of Christ. It is featured in
the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The drawing shows Jesus on a large
cross that is the centerpiece of the image. He has crossed legs, a crown of
thorns, a hanging head, and outstretched arms attached to the cross. There are
two men on crosses beside Jesus, also with outstretched arms. There are guards
on either side looking up at Jesus on the cross with arrows and a shield. There
are also members of the crowd looking away as if in mourning. There are bright
watercolors that include red, green, yellow, blue, brown, and pink that make up
the background of the piece.

            The work of art is a unique way to demonstrate the
tragedy that was the death of innocence. The ink and graphite used to outline
and draw the important aspects in the art work made it easy to decipher and
understand. The piece was accurate in the simple details of the real event, in
that Jesus was crucified beside two other people, a crowd gathered, and there
were guards. However, the drawing did not portray the pain that is assumed to
be seen in a piece involving crucifixion. There was no emotion of Jesus, the
two men, or the crowd. Emotion would have added more depth to the painting.
More onlookers could have related to the pain the people in the painting would
have experienced. The coloring of the piece was sporadic and distracts from the
meaning and purpose of the piece. However, the coloring was still a beautiful
choice. Even if the painting could use more depth, it is still a famous and
beautiful piece of art that helped shape Bearden as an artist.

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