Thursday, November 16, 2006

Velazquez, The Immaculate Conception

We've been discussion visuals in our back room . . .

This is my own choice for "favorite Catholic painting."

(Although I hate to bump Aramis' nice work down from the masthead.)

(OK, so it doesn't link. OK, so I don't know how to do that yet. So, just paste it or something, I don't know . . . Did I tell you I can do italics? Look: isn't that neat? And bold, too! Look: Cool, huh? {Dear Porthos, I hope you like my edit.}


Athos said...

Oo, Porthos. You know the way to my heart is Our Lady. It IS magnificent.

Aramis, can you post it here for us? Can ya, huh, huh, huh?

Porthos said...

Me say too!

Huh? Huh? Huh?

I would love it if we could get it up there permanently on the sidebar or something. (Hint, hint, hint . . .) Just saying.

Porthos said...

Hey, Velazquez is pretty cool and everything, but Athos, not a word about my italics or my bold?


My ontological density's getting a little thin, here . . .

David Nybakke said...

Dear Porthos,

Love the image. May I suggest that when we want to add an image to blog that we make a comment as to why the image means something to you OR add a reflection that you feel goes with the image.


Porthos said...

You mean my "Look! I can do italics and bold!" didn't do it for you, Aramis?

OK, OK, I got it . . .

Porthos said...

I love the edit, Aramis. I also thank thee for all the links you provided for the Dejohnette pieces and for the You Tube embed.

Since I don't want to mess up your edit (and possibly make the picture disappear) I'll add my commentary here.

I first saw the Immaculate Conception painting in a black & white reproduction in a book by Jarislov (?) Pelikan called Mary through the Ages. (Wonderful book, by the way.) I just saw it and said, Wow! No profound thoughts. I wanted to get it in color and frame it, but first I wanted to track it down on the Internet and get a better look. This was all about 5 years ago, I think. I still haven't acquired a paper reproduction but hope to someday.

I don't know much about the painting. I wonder if it might not be modelled on Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Note that the painting is biblical: "A woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of (twelve?) stars upon her head."

I really can't think of anything profound to say here, um . . . the painting kind of speaks for itself. I like the clouds, the sun in the background. Freshness, creation, mystery, fruitfulness, pregnancy. I like the earth grounding, with the polis off there in the background, suggesting that . . . I don't know-- that maybe that this is not pie in the sky stuff, that Mary is queen of Heaven AND Earth. It's a picture of beauty and piety and tranquility and intelligence, without sugary stuff, without Catholic kitsch.

How about you? What thoughts does it give either of you?

Porthos said...

For anyone listening, if you haven't "click to enlarge" on that image, you should.