Sunday, 23 July 2017

Ary Scheffer et al.: Saint Augustine and Saint Monica: A Short Reflection

An oil-on-canvas (I think) reproduction, hanging in the Marylake retreat centre in the Archdiocese of Toronto, of a painting by Dutch-French Romantic artist Ary Scheffer (1795-1858). The painting conveys on the one side the validity of human affection (as communicated in the linked hands) and on the other side the power of divine love (the object of the common gaze of the two Saints - directed to things outside the frame of the canvas, and yet foreshadowed within the canvas by two emblems of eternity, the tranquil sea and the tranquil sky).   

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