Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Art and Beauty Tuesday

Today's Art and Beauty Tuesday is Hope of the Penetent by Ryan S. Brown.  What first attracted me to this painting was the head covering (which, oddly enough I saw as a *head covering* , even before I noticed the candle she is holding.)  Then I noticed the candle she is holding, or more accurately, offering.

The artist really does capture the hopeful pleading in her eyes.  Her youthful innocence is symbolized by her white dress and shows in her face.

The fact that there is nothing shown other than the girl herself, leaves the setting up to the viewer.

The painting is full of beauty, innocence and mystery.


Anne said...

Too quick on the send button...I meant, do you know anything about the person who painted it?

Anne said...

This is so simple and beautiful! Do you know who painted it?

Dymphna said...

Click on his name in the text and you will go to his website.

newguy40 said...

Another interesting image.

I have been coming back to look at the image thru out the day in an attempt to get a grasp for her expression. As you said, innocence, surely.

Eagerness? Anticipation? Love? Adoration?

I have given alot of thought to how many Catholics are less than reverant when going for communion or approach the Eucharist. This image here rather impresses me on how we should be approaching our Eucharistic Lord. My nickels worth, anyway... :)

Dymphna said...

I think this artist has really captured an illusive expression that blends many different ones together.

And, yes, this level of reverence is something we all could learn from!

TACParent said...

I've looked at this picture several times today. I think she is offering her light, yet she is pleading. I find myself wondering what she is pleading for. I feel I should offer her something in return for her light. It's almost like she is offering, yet asking for comfort. That's my take.

Dymphna said...

I think you are right. She is pleading--asking for something. The artist's website says she is asking for forgiveness--hence the title of Penitent. I'm not sure that's exactly what comes across, though. To me, it seems a mix of emotions there. Very complex, yet very simple.

Anonymous said...

That painting expresses how I feel at times. Reaching out, hoping for grace and offering something to God. Very touching. Thanks for sharing it!


Dymphna said...

That's a very apt description.

Barbara said...

This painting is so simple - like your virtue for the month. Thanks for putting the link to his web site. As I look at this painting I can't help but think of Pope Benedict encouraging contemporary artists to use their skills to produce real beauty for the Church. This painting is very reminiscent of the work of Chambers who painted so many beautiful images of Jesus and Mary, although his backgrounds were dark and this artist has used a light background. The 19th century influence is certainly there and I am heartened to see a modern artist claiming the skills of the past.

Dymphna said...

Check out the Art Renewal Center, Barbara. It is where I discovered this artist and they are committed to furthering realism and beauty in art. You are right--the 19th century is a big influence on these artists.

As far as the simplicity/virtue of the month tie...*that* was the Holy Spirit! I didn't even think of that when I posted! You have a good eye!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful piece! Thanks so much for sharing.

Dymphna said...

You're welcome!

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