Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Oriental Salome

Salome by the French academic painter Léon François Comerre (1850-1916). Comerre specialized also in oriental subjects as can be seen here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

An Adventure of a Princess

Moses Found (c. 1570-75) by the Italian Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese (1529-1588).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Neoclassicist Bathsheba

Bathsheba (1820-25) by the German painter Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794-1872). Despite Schnorr von Carolsfeld is best known as a member of the Nazarene brotherhood this Bathsheba is a typical neoclassicist painting.

Friday, March 9, 2012

A Penitent Sinner

Despite Mary Magdalene isn’t mentioned much in the Bible and the Vatican decided in recent years that she wasn’t a prostitute, her image stays with this fame. It’s not even sure that it was always “Mary Magdalene” when it is spoken of her in the Gospels or the Gnostic writings. There are so many Marys, that it may even be that characteristics from various real women had been formed up the myth of Mary Magdalene. But anyway this is about images and there Mary Magdalene is really important.

In art it is usually assumed that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute, which means a beautiful but sinful woman with fancy clothes and long opulent hair.

Later when she became one of Jesus' most fervent disciples she removed her gaudy clothes and dressed in a humble white frock. And most important she repented her former sinful live. So she became the icon of a penitent sinner, especially a penitent woman, a symbol of repentance for the vanities of the world.

Mary Magdalene (c. 1565) by the Italian Renaissance Titian (also Tiziano Vecellio) (c. 1485-1576). Here are already depicted most of the important signs characterizing Mary Magdalene. A beautiful, seductive woman with a barely covered breast, long hair. But she’s praying for salvation and she has a book, meaning THE book.

Friday, March 2, 2012

A merry Party

Lot and his daughters (1616) having a really good time by Hendrik Goltzius (1558-1617) a Dutch printmaker and painter of the early Baroque period.