Catacombae sepulcrum romanum – Roman Burial Catacombs is inspired by a self-portrait of Hartmann touring the ancient Roman burial catacombs.
Samia Omran, Death, Pencil, 18 x 16
The whole piece and Catacombs sounded like death and loss. This death and loss is seen in this image by the objects of a young girl who was killed. All that remains for the mother are the daughter's toys and possessions.
Lisa L. Sears, Renewal, Watercolor, Acrylic, Wax Pastels, 30 x 22
Catacombs is eerie, intense and—wonderfully—uplifting in its final notes. While the music itself influenced my visual representation, composer Mussorgsky’s impassioned motivation for creating his musical tribute was the inspiration for the image’s story. A youthful figure has descended into the dark and dreary catacombs to confront (with water—a life-giving force) and pay respect to the dead. Through her respectful duty and by “talking to the dead in the language of the dead,” a spark of creativity is released into the darkness. Life is renewed through art.