Altar - still life

Altar - still life

  • Artist

    Colin McCahon

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    ink on paper

  • Size

    560 x 760 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1988

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    Mar 1988

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Subjects

    hearts, altars, Christianity, religious art, religious symbolism, symbols, faith

  • Description

    By painting the letters IHS, an abbreviation of Ihesus (Jesus in Greek), onto the surface of this altar McCahon further emphasises Christ’s sacrifice which is commemorated in Holy Communion. As an integral part of Christian worship, the altar is the focal point of most churches. (McCahon's Visible Mysteries, 2004)