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Salvador Dali - Crucifixion Corpus Hypercubus, 1954

Salvador Dali – Crucifixion Corpus Hypercubus, 1954

Matthias Grünewald - Isenheim Altarpiece (detail), 1512-1516

Matthias Grünewald – Isenheim Altarpiece (detail), 1512-1516

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Le Nain bros - Nativity

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Earlier this week I thought about putting up a painting by Marc Chagall to illustrate Hanukkah, but I didn’t seeHenry Isaacs 8 any of Chagall’s that fit what I wanted.  Then the light bulb came on in my head:  my friend Henry Isaacs!  Henry  puts a lot of light onto the canvas and some of his paintings appear three-dimensional.

I met Henry back in the early ‘eighties when I would almost trip over his easel while walking home at night.  That was during his phase of painting under street lights and in moonlight.  Even though he painted in the dark in those days, the light would pour out from behind the canvas in the completed painting.

Henry also shares his talent, and there may be a spot for you in his September 2013 plein air workshop on Little Cranberry Island, co-directed with Ashley Bryan.  For more paintings, or info about the workshop, see his website henryisaacs.com or find him on FaceBook at Henry Isaacs Studios.

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An island wedding

Christina and Andrew, June 30, 2012

—illustration by the bride

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This folk song by Sydney Carter (1915-2004) has been making its way around the web lately, thanks in part to that ‘Sixties rebel N.T. Wright (see my post of May 12th).

I won’t play the video of Bishop Wright singing it (there comes a time when, as one realizes that YouTube is half one’s act, one should lighten up on the videos).

Andrea Mantegna, Calvary 1457-59

These lyrics to “Friday Morning” by Sydney Carter tell the story from Luke 23 of one of the thieves on the cross, the one who didn’t insult Jesus for getting strung up there with them. Maybe next year on Good Friday I’ll post the video. It does work better with music.

 

It was on a Friday morning that they took me from the cell
and I saw they had a carpenter to crucify as well.
You can blame it on to Pilate; you can blame it on the Jews.
You can blame it on the Devil, but it’s God that I accuse.
“It’s God they ought to crucify instead of you and me,”
I said to the carpenter, a-hanging on the tree.

You can blame it on to Adam; you can blame it on to Eve.
You can blame it on the apple, but that I can’t believe.
It was God that made the Devil, and the woman and the man.
And there wouldn’t be an apple if it wasn’t in the plan.
“It’s God they ought to crucify instead of you and me,”
I said to the carpenter, a-hanging on the tree.

Now Barabbas was a killer, and they let Barabbas go.
But you are being crucified for nothing that I know.
And your God is up in Heaven and He doesn’t do a thing
With a million angels watching, and they never move a wing.
”It’s God they ought to crucify instead of you and me,”
I said to the carpenter, a-hanging on the tree.

“To hell with Jehovah,” to the carpenter I said;
“I wish that a carpenter had made the world instead.
Goodbye and good luck to you; our ways will soon divide.
Remember me in heaven, the man you hung beside.
”It’s God they ought to crucify instead of you and me,”
I said to the carpenter, a-hanging on the tree.

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Mothers Day 2012

Pablo Picasso, Mother and Child. Sketch 1922.

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Sunday

Michelangelo - The Risen Christ

Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene at the Empty Tomb - artist unknown

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