Gustave Courbet, The Wrestlers, 1853, Oil on canvas, Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
Saint Sebastian, Jusepe de Ribera (MuMa - Musée d’art moderne André Malraux)
In this monumental painting, Ribera portrays the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. Officer of the Praetorian Guard under Diocletian (3rd century), Sebastian, a secret Christian, revealed his faith when two fellow Christians were condemned to death. He was immediately sentenced to be shot with arrows and left to die, but was nursed back to health by Irene. Once again, he confronted the emperor, who had him clubbed to death and thrown in the great Roman sewer, the Cloaca Maxima.
As in other martyr scenes, the chosen iconography depicts a moment of direct communication with the Divine. The religious outpouring finds expression in the parted lips and the eyes wet with tears gazing heavenward. This large-scale Saint Sebastian is an ambitious painting that plays on the unique effect of a diagonal. While the slightly twisted body principally serves to highlight the anatomy of the torso, it also recalls the crucifixion of Christ. The right hand turned to the sky, like the saint’s gaze, is a symbol of intercession.
A short interesting discussion by Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker about Diego Velázquez’s Vulcan’s Forge (c.1630)
Joshua LaRock, Woe, 2011
In celebration of our three years (almost) in existence, here are malebeautyinart’s most popular original posts (note-wise), year by year. Compiled through best of tumblr.
- Various; Leyendecker
- Salmace e Ermafrodito II; Ferri
- Portrait of Baron A.J.A.A. van Heemstra and his brother Baron H. P. .J. van Heemstra; Van der Waay
William-Adolphe Bouguereau, The Canephores, 1852
1 year ago on November 25, 2012 at 09:36am with 265 notes
Jusepe de Ribera
Saint Sebastian Tended by Saint Irene (c. 1621)
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Spain
Yury Pen - Portrait of Marc Chagall