Rembrandt painted "The Carcass of Beef" in 1655. He knew the realities of life and did not soft-pedal the truth of the Scriptures in his work. His painting inspired a number of artists, among them Delacroix, Daumier, Soutine, and Francis Bacon.
In this tradition, my painting also deals with the reality of sacrifice as an integral part of life. A priest/butcher carries a side of beef. The sacrificial system that God instituted for His people in the Old Testament pointed to the sacrifice of Christ. It was a bloody covenant that exhibited the seriousness of man's sin and separation from God. Mankind is doomed to die.
Francis Bacon saw death and slaughter in the World Wars. His response was a pessimistic series SlaughterHouse Earth. He observed death but did not know that God provided an answer to death through the substitutionary death of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Christ's resurrection is alluded to in the three empty crosses in the distance.