Thomas Brodhead – American, born 1968 – Neapolitan Lamb –2014 – acrylic on canvas – 36" x 48" x 1.5" (91.44cm x 121.92cm x 3.81cm)
Behold the Lamb of Neapolitan Ice Cream, which taketh away the sweet tooth of the world!
Herein the artist creates an Easter Lamb as envisioned by a young mind unsullied by the harsher passages of Christian scripture (e.g. Ezekiel 23:20, “She lusted after men whose genitals were as large as those of donkeys and whose ejaculate was as copious as that of stallions”). The softer, pastel shades of ice cream adopted here should provide soothing if not mind-altering visuals for the 420 crowd, all quick on social media sites to note the April 20th arrival of Easter 2014 A.D., but largely silent on its unfortunate coincidence with the 125th anniversary of Adolph Hitler’s birth. While the lamb’s head directs the viewer’s eyes in a northeasterly direction, the ungulate’s back may be imagined balancing the crown of Christ, thus providing promise of His return within a generation of the contemporary Apostles (Matthew 24:34). With approximately 90 generations separating the creation of this painting and Jesus’promise, it may be concluded that Christians are either a very patient and forgiving lot, or simply have very poor skills at arithmetic.