Monday, June 02, 2008

Saint Cecilia, by John William Waterhouse


Although this is a very beautiful picture, it is one of the more weaker angel pictures in the history of art.

It is full of sensuality and lacks any real sense of spirituality. It seems that Waterhouse was more interested in portraying the beauty of pre-adolescent girls than giving any kind of theologically meaningful image of an angel. This is particulary seen in the tiny wings that Waterhouse has given his angels.

8 comments:

Peter said...

Looks like you're back to posting paintings w/ politics. I LOVE it.

It seems you are neglecting the J. N. Darby blog. Would like to see some more material there!

Peter said...

That was a bit of a "slip." I meant paintings with your "comments" not "politics."

I don't like the political stuff all that much.

Just out of curiousity, where do you get these digital copies of these paintings, and is there any copyright issues??

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Peter, thanks.

I am glad you appreciate them.

As regards copyright issues, there might be with some of these digital images. Some of them are from sites that allow free copying.

Online digital images have become something of an unpoliced free for all. But you never know, one day I might get a complaint about one or two of them. I certainly hope not.

As regards the JN Darby Blog, I would love to post some more stuff. However, it takes longer to type a passage from my volumes into the computer.

I could copy and paste some excerpts from STEM Publications, but they do have a sign on their site that says that is unchristian behaviour. So I have refrained from doing that.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Part of the reason STEM publishing don't want their stuff copying is that they sell a CD ROM with all of Darby's works on. You might be interested in purchasing a copy.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Okay, Peter. You get your wish. There is a little crumb from the Darbyite table waiting for you.

Peter said...

Matt,

I actually have the Darby disk and Truth for Today's Bereans. I also had a website at comelordjesus.net back when I was in college, and was posting some of that stuff before Les Hodgett copyrighted it. I wish to respect his wishes, but if I typed it in and scanned it, I don't think he can really limit it.

My disk has a lot of compatibility issues. I use stempublishing more than the disk for general reading etc.

I like your Darby blog because Darby is so much under attack. Once I saw the Credenda Agenda saying that he advocating believers sinning intentionally because they are not under law. This of course starts with a bad definition of sin (ie sin = transgression of the law) in the first place, and is complete ignorance of scripture as well as Darby.

It may be that I like your painting comments as well because you do not picture God or Jesus on there. That would bother me as well, and up until now, I have not really appreciated religious paintings.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Yes, Darby is hardly popular.

Have you read 'For Zion's Sake' by Paul Wilkinson?

It is a defence of Darby and Dispensationalism published by Paternoster.

I am really surprised they published this, because they usually only publish very academic intellectual Christian books which are rarely favourable to Dispensationalism.

I do object though, to the author's description of Darby as a 'Christian Zionist.' I think this is very misleading.

"It may be that I like your painting comments as well because you do not picture God or Jesus on there. That would bother me as well, and up until now, I have not really appreciated religious paintings."

I can't promise that I won't ever post a picture of the Lord Jesus if I found one that would make an interesting post, though I do not approve of artists attempting to picture the Lord.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

By the way, you could at least comment on the latest posts on the Darby Blog.

I posted them just for you!