The Bull Masquerade

The Bull Masquerade

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Oil on Canvas 30”x40”x1 3/8”

This is a painting of a vision of a  woman who exists in the mythological world of the human psyche. She is the bullfighter's soul, the one who overcomes the brutal instincts that man has inherited from his ancestors. The ceremonial killing of the bull and the shedding of his blood is a religious ritual that requires the spilling of blood for man's spirit to be cleansed of sin and beastliness and to restored to civility and once again accepted by God in the heavens. The soul of the bullfighter lies at her feet, as she wears the mask of bull celebrating the restoration to the graces of God or the Creator. As the crowd gathers to witness the spilling of the bull's blood and his ultimate demise, they also partake in the sacrifice of the bull and are cleansed by the ritual as well. The painting depicts the "Bull Masquerade" which clearly deserves a celebration. In many societies, the spilling of Christ's blood is recognized as the ultimate of sacrifice, which precludes the necessity of continued animal sacrifice.