Chester artist presents visionary painting to the Grosvenor Museum
28 June 2017Chester artist Marcus Usherwood has presented his visionary painting of ‘The Millennial Temple’ to Chester’s Grosvenor Museum.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, said: “Marcus Usherwood painted ‘The Millennial Temple’ in 2015 for a solo exhibition at the Grosvenor Museum. It was one of the most remarkable pictures in that show, which received an excellent public response. This extraordinary visionary painting brings an exciting new dimension to the collection, and I am very grateful to Marcus for so generously donating it to the museum.”
"In my painting I have followed Ezekiel’s description of this temple, which includes a river issuing from beneath the southern wall, and have set it in the land of Israel as it appears today. A pillar of fire rises from the sacrifices offered at the altar in the inner court: this is a memorial of the Old Testament priesthood, whose animal sacrifices were ineffectual for the washing away of sin, which only Christ’s redeeming sacrifice on the cross could achieve. Saints from the Old Testament epoch and from the Christian era, and all those raised from the dead at the second coming of Christ, will receive new resurrection bodies: the figures in the foreground are my attempt to visualise such bodies.”
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