2 hours ago
Decoding mysteries! : so, i saw this painting of the "resurrection of lazarus" by joachim wtewael (a 16th century dutch painter) at the national art gallery, london. for the uninitiated it depicts a scene from the biblical book of john where jesus raises a man called lazarus from the dead. at first it seems like a renaissance-style painting. but then i observed further details and couldn't help smiling at the discovery:
1. being dutch i easily recognised how joachim was depicting the headdress of dutch men and women in the painting. compare the woman in yellow with the paintings of dutch women by vermeer (another dutch artist). also, who wore hats in the biblical times!!!?😮 every character wearing a hat in the painting is actually making a netherlandish fashion statement - not many will notice this, but i ♥ joachim's take on this - he has modernised and added a personal "dutch" touch to this painting in a very subtle way !
2. ok, so here's my da vinci code moment (@authordanbrown
): mary magdalene was one of the characters present at the scene. she's referred to as mary of bethany in the bible. (scholars still debate on the equivalence of the two). now my intuition tells me the woman with the red hat with a black cross is mary magdalene. bear in mind, the man with the pink-red cloak is jesus. my further questions then:
i . who is the baby boy in mary magdalene's hands?(symbol of baby jesus? or any other interpretations?)
ii. why is the baby mirroring jesus?
iii. why does it seem like the man in the green attire is pushing the observer away from the scene?
i wish joachim were alive to discuss these questions and answer them. i love these unique finds when observing paintings - i get very introspective. but at the same time i get frustrated not knowing the answers to these mysteries -♥ the conflict of emotions!
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