"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Art and meditation.

Agony in the Garden - Andrea Mantegna

Sleepers - George Tooker


While looking for an image to use for tonight's remembrance of the Agony in the Garden, I came upon something interesting.

I always knew American artist George Tooker was very much inspired by Renaissance painter, Andrea Mantegna, but I never connected one of his early works, Sleepers, with that of Mantegna's, Agony in the Garden.  Though it may seem an insignificant footnote to his body of work, it suggests to me Tooker was attracted early on to the Catholic Church... long before his conversion which occurred after his partner died.  The seed may lay dormant in a soul, hidden, until the grace of God causes it to sprout and grow.  "The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed ..." - Luke 17:20

Mantegna's undulating landscape 
may be more obvious in this detail.

1 comment:

  1. "The seed may lay dormant in a soul, hidden, until the grace of God causes it to sprout and grow. "The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed ..." - Luke 17:20"

    And thus I will hope against hope for the conversion and salvation of my many family members, those who oppose the Church and what she teaches/defends, those who do not believe, those who are persecuting and killing the many innocents Christian or not.

    A hidden seed who may inspire many to come to Christ is Papa Francis...sooner or later.

    Have a blessed Easter, Terry.

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