Hypatia by Scott Burdick, 2009

From the artist:

Hypatia was one of the most famous intellectuals of her day – philosopher, mathematician, inventor. People from all across the Roman Empire traveled to Alexandria to study with her…

With Hypatia’s death, began the age of Christian Theocracy and the repression of free thought and scientific inquiry. With Hypatia’s death, the Dark Ages officially began.

The painting is meant to be a play on the traditional religious paintings, except, in this case, the martyr is looking up to the light of rational truth while being dragged down toward the darkness of superstition and ignorance.

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