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A: Dionisius (Russian)
|Crucifixion of Jesus, 1500.|
I could easily go for the obvious “D” artists but lets try to broaden our horizons and hopefully each of us can take away something from learning about Dionisius, an acknowledged head of the Moscow school of icon painters (1440-1502).
One of my all-time favourite paintings of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ has to be Dionisius’ 1500 icon, “Crucifixion of Jesus” (Дионисий). Try to enlarge the photo and look with me at the hands and feet of Jesus. Are there any nails? No. How many angels are there? If you counted 6, try again… There are 4 angels (two weeping and two accompanying the saints to heaven). Now, look at the foundation of the cross — it is splitting in half as the Gospel of Matthew 27:51-52 says:
The earth quaked and the rocks were split. The tombs broke open, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised.…
For more about Dionysius visit http://www.dionisy.com/eng/.
R: Dante’s Divine Comedy
|Plate I: “Overview of the Divine Comedy”|
Even if you do not consider yourself religious, Dante’s Divine Comedy is a must read for everyone. The Comedy has inspired art, literature, film, etc. One such artist who took inspiration from the Comedy was Michelangelo Caetani.
My favourite English translation was composed by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
And if you prefer audiobooks, there is a free English download at LibriVox.
T: Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
I grew up on a healthy dosage of Davy Crockett. As kids we’d love getting coon caps at Disneyland and paddling the canoes attraction because it made us feel like we were on adventure with Davy Crockett. And who hasn’t had “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” stuck in their head on constant repeat? If you’re just dying for a trip back down memory lane listen to the below video but be warned, you will likely get the chorus stuck in your head: