Friday, January 18, 2008

He shall drink from the stream by the wayside,..

And therefore he shall lift up his head. - Psalm 110

The above photo is St. Bernard drinking from the wound in Christ's side, it is painted by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. I have searched the web for a larger reproduction and cannot find it. (I had seen one about a year ago.) If anyone has a link to a larger image, would you mind posting it for me? Many thanks.


  1. Um, sorry, this one creeps me out a little. I guess you would have had to be there...

  2. Melody - yes - LOL! This is perhaps as difficult a theme as the paintings of the lactation of St. Bernard. Mystical stuff is so hard to illustrate.

  3. You have to approach art of this nature at the proper interpretive level. When you try to take it literally, quite naturally the reaction can be appalling.

    Any time you try to convey any one thing poetically or metaphorically you run this risk. It's what got Chardin in trouble.

  4. When I first looked at this I thought you had zoomed in to part of the Last Judgment on the walls of the Sistene Chapel. Must've been the bright blue. Don't think I've seen this painting before.


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