Monday, July 05, 2010

Art and Beauty Tuesday

Here is our fourth and final installment of the art of Thomas Cole. Voyage of Life: Old Age depicts our hero on the way to heaven. The man is old and balding, and his beard and hair are white.  One hand reaches forward, almost as if in prayer, and the other hand rests on his chest, as if in joyous disbelief that at last, it is his turn to go to God.  His heavenly angel is back, leading him towards the light where we see other angels awaiting him. His boat, replete with angels, is battered from the storms of life. Again, the play of  light and dark makes it quite obvious what is going on.


I hope you all have enjoyed this series as much as I have.  I'll have to peruse the net to find something equally as interesting for next week's Art and Beauty Tuesday.  Stay tuned!

6 comments:

TACParent said...

The angel is saying, "This way. Follow me." Somedays I feel like my boat is tattered and torn too. What I liked most about your 4 presentations is how each one had a close up and you discussed details that might have been missed otherwise.

Dymphna said...

Thanks. I think the close-ups were necessary because he had so much important detail that is easy to miss.

newguy40 said...

Thanks from me as well. I enjopyed the series and your brief but spot on commentary.

I am not quite that old yet... getting close, though. :)

Dymphna said...

Same here, Newguy!

Barbara said...

I can't tell you how much I look forward to reading your posts, especially the art ones. Keep up the good work.

Dymphna said...

Thanks! I love doing them!

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