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This artwork by Elwyn Lynn effectively represents the Biblical event of Peters Denial in an evocative and relevant way to the modern world through his piece Betrayal The biblical event this piece of artwork conveys the betrayal of Peter as he denies his knowledge of Jesus While Betrayal expresses an event it also conveys the underlying message that while the betrayal of a friend is far greater than anything else meaning physical pain it is a true Christian that can forgive him Betrayal was painted in 1957 and directly links to the scripture passage of Peters Denial It won the Blake prize for Australian religious art and uses many recognizable symbols Such as the rooster crowing before a red pre-dawn sun is instantly recognizable by most Christian viewers As well the cross although not central a crowned Christ and outstretched nailed hands all symbols of the crucifixion of Christ The rooster is central to the piece The harsh and sharp geometric strokes are symbolic of the black mood of the painting As an exultant symbol of evil the rooster refers to the passage as the cock crows three times you will have denied me A prophecy from Jesus himself to Peter The rooster represents the betrayal of Peter against Jesus However it is the use of colour the blood red of the sun and roosters claws and the thick black background that so epitomizes the passion and darkness of Good Friday His thick earthy application in the background and the thorn-like strokes within the rooster evoke the feeling of the piece To the side is the image of a crucified Christ with a single outstretched arm and thorny crown with darker colours used and a haunting face The marginal figure of Christ further enhances the piece relating to the message betrayal can be more excruciating than anything else The haunting face of the image of Christ carries with it
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