Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

I started to write a post for today and then I stumbled upon 'what Holiday is today' and lo and behold...
January 31st is Inspire Your Heart With Art Day!

Apparently what we need to do today is to pick a piece of art - and after careful examination ask ourselves: How does it make me feel? What does it tell me? What emotions does it evoke?

I'll make it easy for you and I will pick the piece:

The Adoration of the Magi :: picture taken at the National Art Gallery, during our 2011 visit
The Adoration of the Magi
Sandro Botticelli

It is a tempera and oil painted on panel, c. 1478/1482 by the Renaissance painter, Botticelli. Currently it is hosted by the National Art Gallery, in Washington DC.

I watched it with veneration: both for the event pictured and for the actual work of art. To be in the same room with a creation born over 500 years ago is humbling. I love the pastel colouring - compared to a few of his contemporaries Botticelli has this eerie feeling, it makes you think of faeries, somehow. In the context of this picture it seems an impiety to think of faeries!

What do you feel watching this beauty of 500+ years?

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