The Artist Gallery – From Tradition to Self-Expression
‘Benedizione’ by Willie Apap is a key work which manifests his unique technique in which he used vertical columns of paint to give light and drama to his compositions.
The standing Christ, looking towards the audience, has one hand above Mary Magdalene’s head while the other is left hanging straight. Mary Magdalene, the sinner, is represented as a sensual kneeling woman whose face is covered by her long black hair.
A crowd of people stands at the very back of the two central figures, appearing dissolved in a misty dark atmosphere. These are the Pharisees who have just accused Mary Magdalene of adultery.