Monday, June 30, 2008

The Huguenot, by John Everett Millais



In this picture, a Huguenot (French Protestant) comforts his Catholic lover in the face of impending death in the massacre of 1572. She attempts to protect him by giving him a white ribbon, the mark of Catholic loyalty.

To be honest, I really don't like this picture. The reason being that I am really bothered by the fact that he has a Catholic lover in the first place.

If he is willing to die for his Protestant faith, why is he dating a Catholic? Is he planning on marrying her? Does his mate's faith not matter to him? If his faith is not important enough to determine the choice of who he chooses as a life partner, is it really a faith worth dying for? I really struggle with these thoughts when I look at this painting.

4 comments:

Rose~ said...

Interesting thoughts, Matthew. :~)

Celestial Fundie said...

Thanks.

GOODNIGHTSAFEHOME said...

Not disputing what you write, Matthew, but my understanding of the St Bartholomew massacre was that it was secretly sprung on the Protestants in France. There are a whole load of possibilities about this picture ... unless of course its painter has left us what interpretation to put on it. I must bow to your knowledge on that score (!)

Regards,

Celestial Fundie said...

Colin, I would not for a moment want to trivialize the terrible sacrifice made by the French Huguenots. This event must never be forgotten by Protestants.

I understand the event of the picture actually takes place on St. Bartholomew's Day.

It does seem clear that the young man in the picture has a Catholic lover. It is hard not to see a little incongruity in this relationship.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew