Sunday, 23 March 2008

Eastern Christianity Painting


Regardless of one's notions of What's What, a painting of genuine, simple majesty.

6 comments:

elberry said...

Yes! exquisite stuff. You should try to see Giotto's work in the Cappella degli Scrovegni in Padova, costs a tenner for 15 mins but the colours are still incredibly vivid.

Andrew said...

A tenner for 15 mins sounds a bit like robbery, though. And for a religious artist, at that.

elberry said...

i know, i was reluctant to pay - but it was worth it. The paintings are frescoes from about 1300 so they have to spend a great deal of money dehumidifying & filtering bacteria out of the air. i was only really annoyed that the tour guide kept chattering on - if i could have spent 15 minutes there alone it would have been much better, though of course no one in their right mind would trust me.

Anonymous said...

interesting short piece you wrote on Tibet in your blog elberry. What has happened to the Tibetans is a disgrace, and the western governments do as little as possible, yet they made a huge issue of Saddam Hussien (whom they armed in the first place).
It shouldn't be a surprise that religion is the real reason for Red China's invasion of Tibet, a papal crusade against the Buddhists, as was the Vietnam war and the slaughter in Cambodia. Incidentally, the Dalai Lama himself isn't to be trusted.

chris miller said...

Any idea of its location ?

It truly is magnificent - so simple - so alive.

Almost enough to make me a Christian.

I'm guessing -- it's in Italy: Rome or Venice ?

Andrew K said...

Not sure, Chris. I thihnk I just came across it browsing through various icons searches. I could probably go a bit better than that response, but I think it's Byzantine. I don't even know whjich millenium. The kind of image which encloses something not far off all human life within a human face. And this necessarily an expression of the artist's inner being, rather than simply recourse to an external notion of a divine figure.