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.