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Monday, January 12, 2009

A day late ....

- The Baptism of Christ by Willem Verlant, from the "Arenberg Hours", tempera, gold, and ink on parchment, J. Paul Getty Museum


Blogger cowboyangel said...

Beautiful image, Crystal. I wish I could see it up close. Even at the Getty museum it's not large enough to study the background.

Interesting that the Arenberg Hours start out with 12 pages of the zodiac, then turn to the story of Christ. Perhaps Mr. Medieval can explain.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Liam said...

Am I Mr. Medieval?

I don't know anything about the Arenberg Hours, but I'm not surprised. A book of hours keeps liturgical time and the zodiac keeps astronomical time. Studying the zodiac would be scientific, though using it to predict events would be considered sinful -- a superstition that takes away from both God's providence and people's free will. Not that people didn't do it...

10:08 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

I think of him as "Medieval Man!" .... sort of a super hero :)

11:18 AM  
Blogger cowboyangel said...

Or a cross between a super hero and Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs.

(Ooh... Steve Buscemi as a Medieval super hero. That would make an awesome film. He teaches at Columbia during the day and at night uses his various Medieval super powers and implements of destruction to combat crime. A kind of new Knight Templar.)

Thanks, Medieval Man, for your answer. And for saving our planet.

2:15 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Can't wait for the graphic novel/movie :)

4:07 PM  

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