St. Mary Magdalene

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Magdalena_(Mateo_Cerezo)

Magdalena, Mateo Cerezo (17th C.)

 

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to the walters

i went to a museum
a lit god at the Walters art museum in Baltimore

a lit god at the Walters art museum in Baltimore

Oh goodness.

I love the Walters.

It is the best secret museum in the Mid-Atlantic,

though it’s not really secret

(just underrated).

There I find the curator (not worrier) in myself,

an artful being who will pose for off-kilter photographs like this:

ME!

while I enter the sculpture garden

The best part of the Walters in my eyes

is the inclusion of women

and persons of color

skylights, sky bright, first painting I see tonight...

skylights, sky bright, first painting I see tonight…

in each capsule, collection, and exhibit.

There’s always Shakespearean collection, and Othello pops up,

Ira Aldridge as Othello, by Mulready, ca. 1826

Ira Aldridge as Othello, by Mulready, ca. 1826 (this is from the Walters Web site, all other images my own)

Madonna and Child are represented in Iconic Russian, Ethiopian, Byzantine media…

SAINTLY SINNER REDEEMED

my buddy, Mary Magdalene, by Galli

it’s really beautiful.

classical beauty

style

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When you are submerged in school books,

the best way to understand the concepts is to

LOOK AT THE PICTURES!

And in my

Art History of Europe and the Near East

textbook,

(Janson’s)

History of Art: the Ancient World

the pictures

are gorgeous.

My new favorite

beauty icon

of antiquity

(Sorry, Cleopatra)

is Nefertiti:

Photograph Courtesy Wikimedia

Photograph Courtesy Wikimedia

Beautiful!

Cartouche, Nefernefruaten; Courtesy, Ancient Egypt Online

Cartouche, Nefernefruaten;
Courtesy, Ancient Egypt Online

And her nameplate,

like a Tiffany’s bracelet for Ancient Egyptian trendsetters.

Nefertiti’s claim to fame is not her relation to King Tutankhamen,

who might be her son

as well as her son-in-law;

rather, it is her beauty,

and political skill,

and this statue is a

very superb argument

in woman-power

in the Amarna Age.

Photograph Courtesy Janson's

Photograph Courtesy Janson’s

Tibnan (pictured) was a wealthy Syrian woman in the 2nd century, CE.

This funerary relief resides in the Lourve.

Included in blog because she has the greatest,

“Not happy, Joe Rome, not happy at all,” look,

one I would very much like to apply

to my daily life.

“You can do better,” she says, though she’s

been dead nearly

two millennia…

“You just didn’t do me justice,

obviously, I am a woman

of great beauty and anger,

and I have a decapitated kid on my arm.

Your fault, Rome.

Your fault.”

Courtesy Catholics Striving for Holiness

Courtesy Catholics Striving for Holiness

It is true,

I must include a saint.

This oil painting of Mary Magdalene

shows a don’t-mess-with-me expression that I admire.

It’s a dissatisfied,

profound look,

though today

quantified as a bitchface,

it’s a look older than perspective itself.

Mary Magdalene was redeemed

by her own guilt,

dolor hic tibi proderit olim,

and now she’s

been given

one o’ the greatest honors:

she’s depicted as a redhead in religious imagery!

Hugs,

Carey

P.S.

I know what you may say, 

MM was a prostitute, so obviously

red hair is sinful—

symbolism and whatnot.

But if it’s true,

why is the Blessed Virgin Mary 

also depicted as a ginger?

Obviously not immoral,

or soulless.