Chetwynd often references cultural history. This work is based on a previous performance of the biblical story of Jesus and Barabbas. Both men were condemned to death but custom dictated that one would be pardoned. The crowd chose Barabbas to be released, resulting in Jesus’s crucifixion. Chetwynd is interested in how a democratic choice might be undermined by bribery and corruption. The enlarged reproduction is Bacchanalian Scene 1862 by Richard Dadd (1817–1886), on display in the 1840 gallery.
Gallery label, May 2019
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