The Seventh Seal


The Seventh Seal was inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same name. The film recounts the story of a knight undergoing an existential crisis whilst he plays a game of chess against Death. If he loses, he dies. If he wins, he gets to live.

The painting incorporates visual references to the film and its themes. The composition and colours suggest a chess board. The horse represents the Knight, who opposes the pale-faced figure of death. These characters are surrounded by many symbols of time; both manmade and natural.

Oil on Panel
40cm x 40cm
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