Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Rembrandt- Saul and David

Art doesn't get much more profound in terms of psychological/spiritual portrayals than Rembrandt's anguished Saul, full of conflicting emotions, about to strike at the David to whom God has transferred his favour, due to Saul's falling from the righteous path into the deadness of selfhood. I'm pretty sketchy of the biblical narrative, though the art needs no external reference, and stands on its own pure existential ground as a mining of the depths of existence. Could any other artist reach this level of incision into the human soul?- probably not.
Though with the usual proviso that you'd want to see the painting in much closer detail than here to start to experience it as is, though with the counter-proviso that a couple of clicks does enlarge the image a degree.

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