Picture a painting, suffused with a golden glow, in which naked men and women writhe in what appears to be a bed of gleaming black lava, like tortured souls in purgatory waiting to be released into heaven. In the foreground, a man with an amputated leg is helped to the edge of the picture's frame by two hunched-over people, all three unclothed. At the bottom of the image, an Edvard Munch-like face, mouth frozen into the dark circle of a scream, holds his head and wails wordlessly. In the near distance, like some sort of perverse Emerald City, multi-storied buildings and an onion-domed forum of sorts shimmer like desert mirages against two cross-crowned mountains holding court... More >>>