Towards The Empty Tomb
Empty Tomb is an exhibition of paintings and
drawings shown at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral,
September 18 - November 30, 2008.
The exhibition charts the development of
Ghislaine Howard's major painting The Empty Tomb
which was created specifically for Liverpool Cathedral's European
Capital of Culture celebrations.
The painting is the culmination of Ghislaine's Stations of the
Cross series which was made for the cathedral in 2000 and has
been touring British cathedrals since, returning to Liverpool every two
The inspiration for the composition is derived
partly from drawings made of Ghislaine's late father's time in
hospital, memories of Holbein's Dead Christ and
observations of city doorways
where the blankets used by rough sleepers lie discarded. The figures
rested there are gone, their brief sojourn marked only by the fall of
The works (below) show how various elements have combined
to produce the final
painting: the city doorways, elements of her own life and images of the
Pietà, one of the greatest of
which, by Ercole di
hangs in Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery.