Paintings, Sculptures, photography
Good Friday: Crown of Thorns
According to Gospels, a woven crown of thorns was forcibly placed on Jesus head prior to his crucifixion. The crown was a weapon to torture Jesus as well as to mock him.
The above wooden sculpture was a display at the Victoria and Albert museum. It is carved from oak, made around ca. 1500-1520 by an unknown artist. This wooden sculpture is big so it is probably a standalone rather than an alter-piece.
Holy Week: Good Friday
God is a pure no-thing
God is a pure no-thing
concealed in now and here:
the less you reach for him,
the more he will appear
~ Angelus Silesius
God is always been with us. We do not have to look for Him. He is infinity and beyond!
Dazed & Confused
Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.
The Betrayal of Jesus
We saw this painting during a recent sojourn to the National Gallery (London) during a special Caravaggio painting exhibition and influence to other artists. It is about how he applied light to his work, thereby focusing your eyes to the real subject of his work. His technique was emulated by other artists after him.
The above painting is about the betrayal of Jesus. Judas was giving Jesus a kiss, (which has became infamously popular as an idiom, meaning betrayal) to let it be known that the person the authorities/soldiers were after was the one he was kissing.
At the periphery, a man can be seen holding a lamp. That man is the painter himself, Caravaggio. Isn’t he clever. He made it very personal but to the viewers of the painting as well.
We thought, we should highlight this painting being a Maundy Thursday.
A Touch of Ming
During a recent visit to Victoria and Albert museum, Peter and I were surprised by this rather interactive art appreciation exercise.
Visitors are allowed to touch a huge Ming vase, see above photo.
It said in a note beside it, written in English as well as in Braille, that visitors are allowed to touch it. It was not inside a glass case.
At first Peter and I can’t believe it. Despite the clear note, we looked around if anyone was looking; we had to make sure that the coast was clear. We felt that it was rather naughty to touch an antique work of art. We would have been good candidate for experiment or candid camera, to see our reaction.
The above Ming porcelain vase was an original 1550 antique.
Ming antiques are very much wanted by the rich and famous. I have often heard that a really rare Ming can set you up for life!
But can you imagine, if we broke the vase, we had to sell up our house to pay for the damage!
I reckon the vase was once broken into several pieces, thus not as valuable or sought after by the moneyed people, ergo hoi polloi are allowed a quick fondle with the Ming! 🙂
Snuff Box Head @ V&A
This is another treasure from the V&A exhibits.
You would not have guessed it that it is a snuff box, a container for ground tobacco.
The lovely intricate design makes it a collectible. This particular item was made in Chelsea by an unknown artist between 1760-1765.
Dark Vs Light
Thought of the Day:
30 March 2017
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
15 April 2017 (Black Saturday)
If a man
wishes to be sure
of the road he travels on,
he must close his eyes
and walk in the dark.
– Saint John of the Cross
First Day of Spring – Spring Gathering
Twit twit twit
Passion Vs Reason
If passion drives, let reason hold the reins.
– Benjamin Franklin