Jack as Albrecht Dürer, Self Portrait, c.1500
Done with Ancient Digital Camera and Pix editing site for the added signature and words on the left and right.
Art in Quarantine Assignment 2.
ItTo start off this blog, I believe it is important to talk about one of the most well known martyrs of Christianity, Saint Sebastian. A Roman soldier turned Christian was a model of a Christian death in the Renaissance. St. Sebastian was a secret christian Roman soldier who is the patron saint of soldiers, athletes, and of holy death. his story is interesting because when the Roman ruler Diocletian found out he was a Christian, he was tied to a stake and used as archery practice. in his depictions, like the one above, he was shot many times throughout his body leaving him a literal bloody mess. He did not die from his wounds and would be nursed back to health by Irene of Rome who’s husband was a servant to Diocletian and also martyred. When Sebastian confronted Diocletian about his wrong doings and his failure to kill him, he shocked Diocletian. How many times does an Emperor, whom already has hundreds of Christian bodies to his name, find out his guards not only failed to kill Sebastian but he is not in full health. However, Sebastian would be immediately sent away and killed being thrown into the sewers. He was saved by a Christian woman named Lucina who buried him beneath Rome.
Its interesting to note that Sebastian was a solder tasked with guarding Diocletian, the man who would inevitably order his death. One could imagine what he has heard Diocletian say about Christians and what he saw Diocletian do with them, yet he remained a guard. One could only imagine why he did not outright kill Diocletian for killing his Christian brethren, but murder is still murder regardless of the actions of the victim. However, I can imagine that Sebastian could have save other Christian lives had he dealt with Diocletian.
One thing that St. Sebastian is credited as is being a saint who protected against plague, specifically against the bubonic plague. After his death people prayed to his literally body parts scattered across Europe for protection. Now obviously there is not as much medical knowledge on how to heal the plague at this time, but when someone prays to a body part of St. Sebastian and are healthy the next day other people notice.
A final note that I wanted to talk about is kinda bad. While starting on the search of who St. Sebastian was, wikipedia named him a patron saint of pin-makers... Now I get that he was shot with arrows and was pretty badly wounded, that is some serious insult to injury calling him the patron saint of pin-makers being turned into a human pin cushion. Other sources I’ve found did not mention him being the patron saint of pin-makers, but I find that who ever is running the Saint Sebastian wikipedia should take a look at that.
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les feuilles nouvelles de mai par dessus leur vert dense et tendre à la fois semblent posséder un vernis infime et transparent qui les rendent plus éclatantes lorsque, fières, le soleil les cerne et les explore, brillant maquillage de leur renaissance
(dimanche 23 mai 2010)
Saint Eustache, Paris
une église gothique qui pourrait aussi bien être cathédrale tant par sa taille que par son style, où la renaissance a pris place un peu partout, au niveau intermédiaire des bas-côtés de la nef d'où l'on distingue de petites colonnes cannelées aux chapiteaux antiques décidés à soutenir une nef aux clés flamboyantes retombantes, ouvertures jumelles courant le long du transept et du chœur qu'on aurait tout aussi bien pu voir servir la façade d'un palais d'Urbino ou bien de Florence, un peu de corinthien dans certains des chapiteaux ici et là rehaussé de motifs nouveaux, l'antique qui s'est invité parmi les hauteurs suivant la leçon des ordonnancements des ordres, une renaissance comme greffée sur le gothique, audace unique, comme un placage auquel on ne fait plus attention tellement l'unité parait désormais évidente, et qui donne à l'ensemble un style merveilleux presque illimité dans ses effets, un vrai bréviaire de pierre pour dire la différence, l'exception, son harmonieuse possibilité, toute une variété de formes prédisposées à l’inconciliable ici accordées, leurs points d’équilibre juxtaposés qui se relient pour engendrer le chef-d’œuvre
© Pierre Cressant
(dimanche 10 janvier 2010, église Saint Eustache, Paris)
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