In this image, the artist portrays an un-earthly assembly, described literally as the “Kingdom of the Clouds”. The depiction seems like an apotheosis or an animalistic last judgement. The title “Audience at the Temple” also reminds one of the heavenly temple of Jerusalem in the old testament, or a divine temple of the Gods. This panoramic image cultivates a baroque perspective of church domes, where the attendant figures, man and beast are bright and expectant, growing lighter to the centre, acting as heavenly guides to an unknown paradise. Within this gathering are central ethereal figures in prayer, that seem to belong to a different and numinous reality. In contrast, the dark held marginal figures, from a mythological past, stand in a state of grace. The swarming density symbolizes the infinite history and the millions of variants and possibilities of human existence and experience. This exuberant abundance becomes an appreciation and symbol of the arbitrary power of life itself.
Text: Prof. Dr. Volker Fischer, Master Curator, Art Historian and Critic, Former Senior Curator of the Museum of Arts and Craft (MAK) Frankfurt, Former Vice Director of the German Museum of Architecture (DAM) Frankfurt, Honorary Professor of the Academy of Art and Design, Offenbach am Main / Frankfurt.
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