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Creator Name: Clemente, Francesco
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1952
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Naples, Italy
Creator Name-CRT: Francesco Clemente
Title: Oblation
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1990
Creation End Date: 1990
Creation Date: 1990
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil and tempera on linen
Dimensions: Unframed: 200.7cm x 274.3cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1993.164
Credit Line: Dorothea Wright Hamilton Fund
Context: Hinduism is the predominant religion in India, where Francesco Clemente has spent considerable time over the past two decades. In Oblation, which means a religious offering, he combines the simplified forms and large scale of contemporary western painting with elements of Hindu culture. The figure in the complicated pose at the top of the painting is practicing yoga, the physical and mental discipline that leads to the union of body and soul. The animals below symbolize some of the creative spiritual forces in Indian mythology. The elephant suggests wisdom and longevity; the cow may signifiy motherhood and purity; the horse often represents military power; and Varuna, the Hindu god of water, rides a crocodile. The mystical combination suggests the sacred harmony that results when humans show respect for animals.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1993.164
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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