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Monday, December 28, 2009

Holy Innocents


Pieter Brueghel the Elder c.1530 - 1569.




The Murder of the Holy Innocents.
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In 1566, Brueghel painted the scene in contemporary terms.  In the 1930's numerous images emerged from the Nazi death camps which could be titled thus.  How would an artist paint this scene today?

5 comments:

  1. I'm guessing it would have something to do with the 50,000,000 Americans who have been brutally murdered since 1973.

    One of my favorite images is that of Our Lady holding an infant up above her head while looking down at some demons trying to get him/her.
    Have you seen it?

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  2. Cathy - I did see versions of that painting - it actually represents the Virgin of the Apocalypse - though on account of the title, suggests to me today we may indeed be in that period of history...

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  3. An artist today would paint the picture of an abortion clinic, all sterile stainless tools, with bright red blood, and the smiling faces of the parents getting into their brand new cars outside.

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  4. Terry and Tara: And maybe, the demons that surround those awful death camps, with sharp teeth and blood on their lips...like the gods Our Lady of Guadalupe conquered: the gods of human sacrifice.

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  5. nazareth priest--yes--that would make the picture complete!

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