Sunday, July 15, 2007

That being said....


Bastille Day should be celebrated as Matt said. But if one is to dwell France (not that it's a bad place, I was quite enchanted by it's countryside when I visited, and my beloved university owes France a good deal of it's heritage), one might do better to remember one of my heroines, the Maid of Orleans.

6 comments:

Claire said...

You know, it's funny. The pre-Raphaelites were pretty big on beautiful women. But Joan really looks like a man in that painting.

Regardless, she's my favorite saint. When I was in Paris, I found a statue of her in nearly every church we visited. It was pretty cool.

Glad to see you posting again!

Mary Liz said...

She does look a bit masculine. Not your usual Pre-Rephaelite.

The artist is Dante Gabriel Rosetti by the way

Johnny G said...

I think the only way to celebrate Bastille Day properly would be to join the Swiss Guard or the Maltese Navy, and then go invade France, get Bl. Charles Hapsburg's son to be king, and just start over. What, you think the French could stop us if we tried it?

ok ok ok, just kidding. But you know it would be really fun to try. And nobody would get hurt; they'd probably just surrender anyway!

Ma Beck said...

ML,
Is this painting in the Art Institute of Chicago?
It looks awfully familiar, and I've seen much of Rosetti's work in there.
She certainly does look masculine. It's fairly obvious he used a man for the model. Looks as though he even left the Adam's Apple just to drive the point home.
Is that, in fact, Dante Rosetti's face?

Ma Beck said...

[Google, google, google.]
No, it's in France, appropriately enough.
I went to a short free lecture at the Art Institute once called, "Not in Mine Eyes Alone" which was about the art associated with The Divine Comedy.
Many of Rossetti's works were incorporated, like the beautiful 'Beata Beatrix.'
The lecturer/tour guide mentioned that Rossetti had buried some poetry with his wife when she died shortly after their marriage.
7 years later, he regretted that move, made in a moment of grief and passion.
So he dug her up to get his poetry back.
;)

Mary Liz said...

interesting! and slightly odd...



Johnny, I fully support you joining the Swiss guard. You'd look quite dashing in that oh so bright uniform. Maybe you should try it out on campus first. Basilica guardians, you know? :-P Anyways, since you aren't Swiss I suppose that's as far as you'd get.