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"Epiphany I (Adoration of the Magi)" 1996
210 cm x 333 cm
mixed media (oil and acrylic on canvas)
Denver Art Museum
Kent Logan Collection
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mkpicture Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist

Interpretation zu Helnweins Epiphanie (von Michael Kühne)

Sehr geehrter großer Meister Gottfried Helnwein, das ist ein unglaubliches Meisterwerk.

Es gibt sehr viele Interpretationen. Schade, das die Witwe eines der dargestellten Offiziere glaubt, ihr verstorbener Mann sei dort als Rassist dargestellt. Das kann nicht hineingedeutet werden.

Dear great master Helnwein, this is an incredible masterpiece.
There are many interpretations. Too bad that the widow of one of the officers believes
that her deceased husband is shown there as a rasist. This cannot be interpreted in.

Dem Betrachter zugewendet stehen fünf Offiziere der Nation, welche für den Holocaust im 3. Reich verantwortlich ist. Im Zentrum dieser Gruppe sitzt eine junge Frau, leicht erhöht und in den Vordergrund gerückt, eine junge Frau mit einem nackten, männlichem Kleinkind auf ihren Oberschenkeln. Es wird von ihr behutsam gehalten, so das es aufrecht stehend dem Betrachter entgegenblicken kann. Die junge frau lächelt. Daraus und aus ihrer anmutigen Haltung kann man schließen, das sie mit Stolz ihr Kind präsentiert. Bei der Kleidung der Frau handelt es sich höchstwahrscheinlich um eine römische Tunika.

Facing the viewer are five officers of the nation, which is responsible for the Holocaust in the 3rd Reich. At the center of this group sits a young woman, moved slightly higher and in the foreground, a young woman with a naked, male toddler on her thighs. It is held gently by it, so that it can upright look towards the viewer. The young woman smiles. From this and their graceful posture, one can conclude that she proudly presented her child. At the clothing of women it is most likely a Roman tunic.

Die Gesichter der umstehenden Männer sind entspannt, gar gelassen. Die Person auf der linken Bildseite im Vordergrund, gekleidet in schwarzer SS Uniform lächelt der jungen Frau entgegen. Die junge Frau meidet den direkten Blickkontakt.

Dem Titel nach “Epiphanie” und der Kleidung der jungen Frau nach handelt es sich um Maria, der Mutter von Jesus Christus.

The faces of the men standing around are relaxed, even serene. The person on the left of the screen in the foreground, dressed in black SS uniform smiles at the young woman. The young woman avoids direct eye contact.
The title for "epiphany" and the young woman's clothing to is Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.

Wie so oft in der Kunstgeschichte wird eine historische Szene in einen neuen Zeitkontext gebracht. Der Heiligen Drei Könige ähnlich, verhalten sich die Offiziere auf diesem Gemälde. Alle Offiziere haben Ihre Mützen abgenommen, besonders gut zu erkennen daran, wie der SS-Offizier links im Bild seine Mütze typisch unter seinen Arm geklemmt hält. Eine anerkennende Haltung, auf keinen Fall bedrohlich.

Die Mutter Maria mit ihrem Kind Jesus wird von Nazi-Größen geachtet oder sogar bewundert? Warum nicht!

Kaum jemand hat das Judentum schärfer kritisiert als Jesus Christus.

Hier schließt sich der Kreis: Hätten die Juden Jesus Christus nicht ans Kreuz nageln lassen, hätte es den Holocaust nicht gegeben.

As so often in the history of art, a historical scene is brought into a new time context. Similarly, the Magi, the officers behave in this painting. All officers have taken off your caps, particularly clearly in mind, as the SS officer left in the picture, his cap holds clamped typical under his arm. An appreciative attitude, threatening in any way.
The Virgin Mary with her child Jesus is respected by leading Nazis or even admired? Why not!
Hardly anyone has Judaism sharply criticized as Jesus Christ.
Here we come full circle: Had the Jews not let Jesus Christ nailed to the cross, there would have been no Holocaust.

jgaray1 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Digital art is not bad of course, i use it a lot, but at the end, i think that the handmade work is a little bit more personal, delicate, meaningful, there's no ctrl Z
in this... amazing work Sir.
VictorianKiss Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Student Artist
I just finished an analytical essay on this! Your work has so many layers, I thoroughly enjoyed writing about it. I hope someday to see your works in person!
JaneIanniello Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
 how bizarre but fascinating - it must be a real trip to be inside your mind :-)
Jane Ianniello
rENEkOESSLERvISUALS Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
HITMONTIN Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student General Artist
losromanos Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing ;)
Ryoki-Nor Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work.
jemilfk Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Phrozen34 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Writer
Amazing! The theme was captured well, it's perfect :)
T-equio Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
looking back . . . and on to the present.

steelandsnow Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Artist
0_0...It's look like a picture!
You are very good
tesserman Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
You're GOD/TT/ !:)
Lovizol Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
pepooli Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
liark2z Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
you sir, you are my idol
georgewjohnson Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Recognised as one of the truly great masterpieces of 20th Century art. The one thing that always hits me whenever I see this piece, how many questions per second are hitting my mind.
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Deeply affecting and disturbing. A true masterpiece. Congratulations.
beehivesandbouffants Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the observant faces of the men and the distressed face of the baby.... beautiful. brilliant. wonderful.
Alizadeh-Art Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
epic like always,,i m intrested that how long mister helewein needs for work like this!
LESelwyn Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
A young Wolfgang Preiss as model for the second from left?
gottfriedhelnwein Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
These are actual Nazi officers (based on a historic photograph where they are surrounding Hitler). The widow of one of the officers painted in this picture, threatened to sue Helnwein as the painting supposedly made her deceased husband look like a racist.
Studio Helnwein
LaNarizDePinocho Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I wonder if I can ask you why do you use Nazi elements with those of Christianity? I canīt get your message sometimes.
gottfriedhelnwein Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Here are some articles, maybe they will help you: [link]
LaNarizDePinocho Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
I see. To you is a kind of humor. But to many of us, God and Christ are not a matter of humor. I thought that you were a humanist and I think God is a very repectable part of human. Is special when you use the God of a religion diffirent to yours many human hearts might feel hurt. In the same way Hitler destroyed so many human lifes, an artist can destroy many human hearts. :( Thatīs what I think. Thanks for your time.
conorburkeart Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Had the pleasure of seeing this and many more of your works in an exhibition in Waterford accompanying your installations several years ago. It still amazes me every time I look at your work. Thank you!
irrenderNarr42 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wowowow - this is serious stuff, interesting idea though...
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Per-Svanstrom Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!. A funny coincidence. As I'm writing I'm looking att Inglorious Basterds.

It really is a masterpiece! Impressive
DasGhul Featured By Owner May 24, 2012   General Artist
The one the very right is the one on the verrry rrright.
I just WANTED to say this. :)
gottfriedhelnwein Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
DasGhul Featured By Owner May 25, 2012   General Artist
The mighty Gottfried Helnwein just answered my comment!
Huzzah! :hooray:
gottfriedhelnwein Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually, his assistant. Sorry to pop the bubble.
Studio Helnwein
DasGhul Featured By Owner May 25, 2012   General Artist
A reaction is a reaction is a reaction! :hooray:
RoyalOsaki Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student Photographer
wie immer ein Meisterwerk!
Morbido13 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Fantastic !
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