Hu Fang takes us to the middle of a frenzied public execution

By Hu Fang

How can I attest to you, at this point of complete despair, that the light of the world once beckoned to me? The Beheaded (1744–94)This is what historians call ‘a decisive moment’, or ‘humanity turning a new page of history’. At present, his head is in my hand, the crowd is cheering, each wave of sound is crashing louder than the last, a sweet smell is spreading through the air, and the noon sun is dazzling peoples’ eyes. I do…

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