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Friday, January 13, 2006

Paintings and Theology



Benjamin Myers has more on his essentials for theologians (novels, poems, music). This time paintings with help of Kim Fabricius.

Here's one I like: Max Ernst, Virgin Spanking Infant Jesus before Three Witnesses (1926). It isn't necessarily the most orthordox but it does raise the interesting question of who has done the wrong deed(s). And why is Mary wearing red?

9 Comments:

Blogger Jim said...

And who are the people in the window.

January 13, 2006

 
Blogger James Crossley said...

As I've accidentally just put on the comments section of Benjamin's blog: One is Max Ernst the other two are apparently Andr√© Breton (writer) and Paul √Čluard (poet).

January 13, 2006

 
Anonymous steph said...

"I'm not the messiah, just a very naughty boy"

January 13, 2006

 
Blogger J. B. Hood said...

I'd comment on Mary's shirt, but I don't want to offend any fans of the Virgin.

January 14, 2006

 
Blogger Mark Anthony said...

Actually, red and blue were the traditional colors associated with Mary for many centuries. Blue and white are a more modern (last couple of centuries) innovation. Why? No clue.

January 14, 2006

 
Anonymous steph said...

red is only half of it - the off the shoulder top completes the seductive effect. It works: that child is no child of her husband.

January 14, 2006

 
Blogger James Crossley said...

That's an interesting point Mark Anthony: I had no idea. I would like to know if Ernst knew about the traditional colours. If not then red may have some significance and possibly not too orthodox itself I wonder?

January 14, 2006

 
Blogger J. B. Hood said...

I think the woman in red is the FA (thus the red top), spanking Sven the would-be Messiah who has clearly dropped his crown. The three witnesses are David O'Leary, Rio, and Owen.

Anyone care for a guess at the gaffer's blood alcohol level when he made such statements? Was he just bored on a yacht in the Persian Gulf (I would be), looking to amuse himself without breaking any cultural taboos?

January 17, 2006

 
Anonymous steph said...

Brian built a bridge with the beams of the sun,
And over He gone, He gone He;
And after followed the three jolly jerdins,
And drownded they were all three.

Mary mild, Mary mild called home her Child,
And laid our Brian across her knee,
And with a whole handful of bitter
withy She gave Him slashes three.

(corrupted plagiarism)

January 22, 2006

 

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