Painting the Word Christian Pictures and Their Meanings by John Drury

By John Drury

Christianity is one other nation, says John Drury, and we have to familiarize ourselves with it in an effort to comprehend the common that means of its artwork. during this superbly written booklet, Drury, an Anglican priest and theologian, seems at non secular work throughout the a long time and offers them to us in a clean way-as works full of ardour, stones and that means. They develop into the poetry of such everlasting human issues as beginning, dying, sacrifice, love and ethical goodness and failure.

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26 right have found a space round the side ot the altar in dan: hither and which they can enjoy some liberty and play Their eyes thither, their concentration spans being only a little longer than that ot the spaniel puppy which one of them is cuddling - while looking an older boy. who in turn looks at the adults in the middle and has his hand on the shoulder of another boy, who is looking out of the picture at something (not us) which interests him in the world beyond. The three b on the left are less happily placed.

Simone Weil believed that the best sort of attention which we can give to pictures, no more and no of taith and the sufferings oi humanity: Those who less, is also owed to the truths unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people them their attention. The capacity to give one's attensufferer is a very rare and difficult thing; it is almost a miracle; it are capable of giving tion to a is a miracle. Waiting on 57 God (1951) Part 30 II Detail from pi. 99. / * />' \ ^ 3 The Incarnation of the Word and the Words month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Man.

Is On a decidedly the male habit of severe black and white and holding a clasped is St Aurea, the obscure virgin patroness of Ostia near decidely female, her rich pink and green robes draped in softer hemmed by sinuous lines of gold. She one hand while raising the other in greeting. They make an antiphonal pair and are a kind of visual equivalent to the music in church when the simple voice of the cantor is answered by curves over her is veiled the richer At more flexible pose and holds a slender harmony of the the centre to the sides.

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