8.09.2009

mute monday: John(s)



























11 comments:

TROLL Y2K said...

Wow. The artists did not sugar-coat his death. Nor should they have. I've never seen these.

Happy Mute Monday!

Boxer said...

Ouch.

Happy MM and despite the end of his life, these are beautiful.

fishy said...

Quite the commentary Belle.
Beautiful art albeit a gruesome reminder of the faith and courage of early Christians.
Now, America's Christians won't even get off their sofas to go safely vote for good over evil.

John lost his head and zoomed to heaven. Americans have lost their minds and are zooming our country to it's demise.

Hope yours is a happy keep-your-head Monday

Buzz Kill said...

Some powerful images there Aunty. But the whole time I'm looking at them, I'm thinking of this:

Austin Powers: Not the time to lose one's head.
Vanessa Kensington: No.
Austin Powers: That's not the way to get ahead in life.
Vanessa Kensington: No.
Austin Powers: It's a shame he wasn't more headstrong.
Vanessa Kensington: Hmm.
Austin Powers: He'll never be the head of a major corporation.
Vanessa Kensington: Okay, that'll do.
Austin Powers: Okay.

Happy MM!

moi said...

I was hoping someone would go this route. I see you've included at least three Carravaggio's – interesting to see the different treatments. Who did the beautiful sketch? Happy Mute Monday!

Aunty Belle said...

Troll,

nope, they shouldn't.

Boxer-Babe

thanky--the great artists all seemd to want to do a version of his story.

Fishy,

heh--great delvin' into the message--youse on it.

BuzzK

ya slay me! How'd ya git to be so funny??

Moi,

Ain't odd that Caravaggio painted this story over and over??
Along wif Titian, Rubens, DaVinci (whose version I left out as I doan care fer it)

The drawing is in fact a charcoal done by John Murray in 2005 as prep for a mural like painting in the new Jesuit residence on the campus of Georgetown University. I have seen the finished works of art--gorgeous!

For a look-see, go here:

http://www.johnfrancismurray.com/georgetown/st_John_drawing.JPG&imgrefurl=http://www.johnfrancismurray.com/religious.htm&usg=__1st9deRw0-DPCh56BXDJymwe07Q=&h=1000&w=451&sz=65&hl=en&start=116&tbnid=Zj9b6lJz4AaOoM:&tbnh=149&tbnw=67&prev=/images%3Fq%3Djohn%2Bthe%2Bbaptist%2B%252B%2Bsketch%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D18%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26start%3D108

kmwthay said...

I looked for a very long time at each picture. I love this oldy-woldy art of John B.

Happy MM Auntie!

chickory said...

#5 is very weird. a bit too equus if you git mah drift. poor john.

Ree said...

very powerful.

Happy Mute Monday Aunty.

Gnomeself Be True said...

I have to agree with Chicory. #5 looks like a man that needs to know the difference between loving your livestock and "Loving" your livestock.

I always admired John. He was committed before there was evidence calling for it. Not an easy kind of faith to bear.

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