Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Fall of Icarus

Pablo Picasso painted a huge mural for UNESCO, shown in a thumbnail image above. According to Time magazine (at the time of the unveiling of the mural):
"The painting represents the victory of forces of light and peace over those of evil and death. The skeleton-like figure [center] with black wings is falling through an infinity of blue, like the fall of Icarus, while a female form [left] rises majestically, white and radiant. On the right side of the painting, the three brown figures in repose are the motionless spectators of the drama; they symbolize humanity at peace, contemplating the fulfillment of its destiny.


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