Pull the Plug on the Parasites' Paradise
The letter Р from The Anti-Religious Alphabet
14 7/8 x 10 5/8 in. (37.8 x 27 cm)
Mikhail Mikhailovich Cheremnykh
(Tomsk, Russia, 1890 - 1962, Moscow, USSR)
Full Title:The letter Р from The Anti-Religious Alphabet
Medium and Support:
Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Location: Not currently on view
The Anti-Religious Alphabet
From a portfolio of 27 prints.
In this image, the religious clergy of Western Catholicism are shown as propagandists at the service of capitalism. The shark-toothed man at the bottom of the image, recognized as a capitalist by his hat and monocle, holds a stick topped by a cloud labeled "Paradise." At the top of the cloud is Christ, who is stretching his hands out toward the people running to meet him. The offer of religious paradise to the masses, though, is shown here as a devious trap: the people are being forcibly driven to the edge of a cliff by the pope (recognized by his crown) and western monks and priests (recognized by their costume and the cross of Western Christianity). The gap between the edge of the cliff and paradise is too wide, and they fall directly into the mouth of the capitalist.
[Gallery label text, 2004]