Jose Almeida Jr - The Remorse of Judas

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The remorse of Judas by José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior

Today we travel to South America to examine a moving work by the artist Almeida Junior. A Brazilian painter, who painted with the realism style of Gustave Courbet and Jean-Francois Millet, Almeida is one of Brazil’s national treasures. The ‘Dia do Artista Plastico’ or Day of Fine Arts, is celebrated in Brazil on his birthday.

While his images are often beautiful, they can also be filled with longing and despair. His ability to capture the emotions of his subjects is part of his power. It is hard to imagine an image more filled with despair than this one of Judas, sitting alone, coins at his feet as Christ is crucified behind him, we can feel the weight that has settled on his shoulders as he contemplates what he has done.