Death is often the unexpected winner

Grief is one of the deepest emotions. When someone really dear to you dies, grief can unleash the exchange of life and death. You are alive, right now, whereas the other person is dead. Yet you simultaneously project yourself onto that person and die, so that he or she can come back to life again. Michelangelo’s Pietà is a unique depiction of this exchange. Mary supports the body of Jesus with just her right hand while, with her left hand, she is inviting you to take part in this cycle, in this exchange of life and death.


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