Abraham and Isaac, 1992
Acrylic on Canvas, 38″ x 29″
Saint Mary’s chapel on Campus, Iona College
“But the Angle of Yahweh called to him from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!”, he said. “Here I am”, he replied. “Do not raise your hand agaist the boy”, the angel said. “Do not harm him, for now I know you fear God. you have not refused me your own beloved son”. (Genesis 22, 11 and 12).
“The painting shows, fist of all, the obedience and submission and total giving to the Lord, of Abraham. He offers the most precious gift that he could possibly give, the possession he had longed for and had waited so long for. Here there is an evident total abandonment to the will of God. Perhaps Isaac was not is reality so submissive but I painted him in that way as he is such an important prototype of Christ. For me too, Abraham is here a prototype of Mary when her son was taken down from the cross and I wanted to reflect the Pieta. this reference would be a fulfillment of the Old Testament in the New.
I am always fascinated by angels, by what they do and how to paint them,. I want to avoid sweet and sentimental angels. This particular angel has extremely important function of stopping a command in the name of God. This is what angels do; they have important missions which bear on our lives, even much more than we are conscious of. They are extension of God’s love for us, spirits given to us to help us along our way”.