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Ásmundur Sveinsson

Passíutónar

Year
1956
Height
66 cm
Width
cm
Category
Skúlptúr
Sub-category
Málmskúlptúr

Ásmundur made Tones of the Passion in 1956 in iron and copper. It is composed of abstract forms together with a fragmentary image of a human body. These differing forms are connected together by cords, surrounding a hollow space. The interaction of the forms conjures up a light and airy ambiance. As the title implies, the work embodies a religious theme. Passion, derived from the Latin passio (= suffering), is often used in reference to the Passion of Christ on the cross. The allusion here is probably to the Hymns of the Passion, a much-loved collection of poems by Iceland’s foremost devotional poet, Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614–74). Although the human form in the work expresses the idea of suffering and pain, it does not necessarily signify the death of Christ on the cross; Tones of the Passion is more in the nature of a tribute to the revered poet.

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