Christ in the Desert, Ivan Kramskoi, 1872

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This painting is awesome. Check out the really crazy rocks in the foreground–it’s like they have life unto themselves. Kramskoy painted them like this to emphasize Satan’s tempting of Christ to turn rocks into bread. Jesus thus envisions the rocks as having a life force–sustenance–in the same way that bread gives life; a hallucination of sorts if we were to extrapolate. It definitely depicts the psychological torture that any person would endure after starving in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. Also, you *have* to check out the [gnarly ropes that Kramskoy built into the corner of the painting’s frame](http://i.imgur.com/xkLNW3N.jpg). They closely mimic the way Jesus’s hands are painfully gripped together. So sick.

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