The next pictures will focus the tale of saint Francis and Jesus. Before watching them, you may need to read some relevant background. According to Christianity, there is a concept of “Stigmata”. “Stigmata” is a sign on the body that confirms one is identifying with Jesus’s suffer for people sins. The “Stigmatas” are scars on the body.
Despite the red sign may look significant, it wouldn’t be noticed in the original picture. Haim had worked on the picture with Photoshop, making the figure red so it would be noticed.
Haim was enthusiastic when he explained me of this picture, and I hope you would be as interested as I did. But before we start, let us start with a little background. This picture is referring to the belief that birds and human are equal to their creator, as they were both created by him. This picture consists of two stories. As for the exposed story, the picture refers to the sanctity of the birds trying to reach the saint’s legs. In addition to the exposed story, after retouching the picture, Haim had come up with another story. In the retouched picture, there is another figure(the red one), which may also be an active hero. What is he there for? Is he human/animal, or a sort of divine intervention? What does it tell about Giotto? Was it intended or is it his subconscious speaking?
For a while, I tried to figure out who is this character. Despite my initial guess it was Jesus or his halo, I have found no convincing evidence for any of them.
The original picture:
Ioakim, Jesus grandfather, meets in this picture implied characters. The characters are hidden in the shadows, as only part of their faces is revealed. In the picture, in its original form, you can see Ioakim is “shaking hands” with the shadows, making him looks like a maniac to the surroundings. Despite looking like a maniac, Ioakim actually sees those characters(at least in his mind).
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