by Joseph Delaney
The son of a Methodist minister, Delaney, an African-American artist, was well acquainted with the power of religion, and he brought this understanding to his painting, Revival.
His elongated, slightly surreal style adds a sense of mysticism to the painting, which is echoed by the floating lights and powerful stance of the central figure. Together, these effects create a composition illustrating the passionate feelings religion can invoke.
Look closely at the hands of the figures in this painting. What about the way the hands are depicted adds to the emotional power of the painting?