Public Execution - Anthony Palumbo
The angle shown in this artwork provides a foreboding sight. The executioner is large, intimidating, and yet their identity remains unimportant - instead, the importance of the image is brought out through the dark frontal image which blocks the view of the audience to some extent.
The main focal point of this image is the blood-drenched axe, of course, and even more importantly, the crowd. The emotions depicted on the faces of the gathered crowd speak volumes: disbelief, shock, disgust, glee, trepidation, and delight are all shown in the onlooker’s faces. Based on the reactions shown here, it’s uncertain as to who is being executed, and why. The mixed reactions provide a myriad of emotional outlets to gauge the image through, and leave the viewer unsure how to feel.