For my 2017 challenge, I was not sure quite what I wanted to blog about. Numerous ideas were coming to mind but each seemed to require even more energy and strength. So I've decided to focus on an acronym for ART:
A - Artists (musicians, painters, photographers, writers, etc.)
R - Reading (books, poems, etc.)
T - Theater (movies, musicals, plays, etc.)
So let's begin...
A - Andrea Mantegna
Mantegna was an Italian painter in the 1400s who loved to experiment with perspective as is plainly seen in "The Agony in the Garden" (c. 1459). What interests me more is his use of perspective in "The Dead Christ" (c. 1480) -- this poignant portrait of the Lord as he laid in the tomb is filled with imagery. There are the holes from the nails in his hands and feet, the hastily laid cloth covering his genitals reminding us of the lateness of day and impending Sabbath, and a stark discoloration of the Lord's body compared to his mourners and the burial cloth that reminds us he has already passed on. But speaking of perspective, take a look at the feet of the Lord and their proportion to the rest of his body, and what about the emphasis on the Lord's genitals which was more commonly done in paintings of the Christ child?
|The Agony in the Garden.|
|The Dead Christ.|
R - Matthew 27 "Jesus is Buried"
T - Miracle Maker (2000)
The Miracle Maker was a stop motion/animated movie about Jesus, told through the eyes of a young girl Tamar. Ralph Fiennes, the brother of Joseph Fiennes of Luther and Risen, stars as Jesus.