In a world full of war, famine, oppression, deceit, monotony, what - apart from the eternal innocence of animals - offers an image of hope? A mother with a newborn child in her arms? The child may end up as a murderer, or a murder victim, so that the hopeful image is a prefiguration of a pieta: a mother with her newly dead child on her lap. No, the image of hope is someone passing with a musical instrument in a case.
Harry Mulisch | The Discovery of Heaven
Photos: Pieta by Samuel Aranda, James Nachtwey, W. Eugene Smith