Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Today's picture of the day from Art and the Bible is Lucas Cranach the Elder's Paradise. I enjoyed reading their commentary on the painting and wanted to share it with you. Visit the site at http://www.artbible.info/art/large/506.html Here is what they had to say about it.
This panel shows a number of tableaux from Genesis.
Background, center: Eve is created out of one of Adam's ribs. On the foreground the two are addressed by God, who often made a stroll through the Garden.
Background, center-right: Eve has Adam take a bite from the forbidden fruit. Suddenly they are ashamed of their nudity, and hide behind a bush. But the archangel finds them and chases them out of the Garden (background left).
One might be tempted to think that Cranach used rubber dolls as models for Adam and Eve, as they don't seem to have any bones.
If you click on the picture to view a larger size of the image, you will see all sorts of interesting things going on in the background. I especially like God's head gazing down out of the cloud.
I enjoy art and like to look for it in the natural world. My craft interests include handspinning and most of the fiber arts, especially knitting, weaving, and working with paper. Other important things are my family and friends, my pets, nature, literature, poetry, music, history, birding, star gazing, museums...and the list goes on. In other times and places, I've been an archaeologist, taught anthropology, and worked in a living history museum, so I find all sorts of things to hold my interest and keep me entertained. I hope to share some of these things with you.