Truth presenting a Mirror to the Vanities of the World

Posted in Painting with tags on April 29, 2018 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
truth
anonymous
oil on canvas, c. 1620–1630
Ashmolean Museum
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Autoritratto entro uno specchio convesso

Posted in Painting with tags , on April 28, 2018 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Parmigianino
oil on panel, c. 1523
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien

Martha incolpa sua sorella Maria

Posted in Painting with tags on April 27, 2018 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Orazio Gentileschi
oil on canvas, c. 1620
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Mirror

Posted in Painting, Philosophy with tags , on April 25, 2018 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

In those moments when our experience of the world awakens us to the strangeness—the utter fortuity and pure givenness—of existence, we are confronted by two mysteries simultaneously, or at least by a mystery with two equally inscrutable poles. No less wonderful than the being of things is our consciousness of them: our ability to know the world, to possess a continuous subjective awareness of reality, to mirror the unity of being in the unity of private cognizance, to contemplate the world and ourselves, to assume each moment of experience into a fuller comprehension of the whole, and to relate ourselves to the world through acts of judgment and will. In a single movement of thought, the mind is capable of receiving the world in both its integrity and its diversity, of holding past, present, and future together, of contemplating reality at once under both its particular (or concrete) and its general (or abstract) aspects, of composing endless imaginative and conceptual variations upon experience, of pondering itself as it ponders the outer world—and all the while preserving that limpid and silent presence to itself in which it indivisibly abides. Being is transparent to mind; mind is transparent to being; each is “fitted” to the other, open to the other, at once containing and contained by the other. Each is the mysterious glass in which the other shines, revealed not in itself but only in reflecting and being reflected by the other.

Text: David Bentley Hart, The Experience of God. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2013
Image: Georges de La Tour, The Penitent Magdalen, oil on canvas, c. 1640, Metropolitan Museum

San Jorge matando al dragón

Posted in Painting with tags , on April 23, 2018 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Bernat Martorell
tempera on panel, 1434-5
Art Institute of Chicago

San Giorgio che uccide il drago

Posted in Painting with tags , on April 23, 2018 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Carlo Crivelli
Tempera, gold and silver on panel, 1470
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

San Jorge y el dragón

Posted in Painting with tags , on April 23, 2018 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Jorge Inglés
oil on panel, third quarter 15th century
private collection