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Good Morning Google+  your daily story about art: 04.17
We continue with art related to Easter, this time with the Last Supper by Ernst Fuchs, one of the founding members of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. Fuchs was born on February 13th in 1930 and continues to work until this day. 

This work is located in the Church of St. Egid in Klagenfurt, near my new home and I visited it last week. Unfortunately, there are no decent images available on the internet, so please make due with my photographs. 

St. Egid is a lovely Church, and is home not only to this large painting, but also a whole Chapel done by Fuchs.  This honor is due to the close friendship that Fuchs developed with the Carinthian Theologian Dr. Karl Matthäus Woschitz, whose home Parrish is St. Egid. It was also an essay by Dr. Woschitz, which helped me appreciate this work.

Admittedly, on seeing this, my first thought was 'what kitsch'. The colors are truly as garish as they appear in the photos. However, knowing that Fuchs is anything but a painter of simple Kitsch, I had a closer look and discovered that the painting is actually an amalgamation of different scenes and meanings.

On one level we see the scene of the Last Supper, with Christ and his apostles, similar in composition to many other such renderings by different artists.  On a second level, we see events that refer to the time after Easter and many symbols of the Church. One apostle is wearing a cross, there are scenes of Christ being taken from the cross, and above his head floats the Papal Crown. Then there is yet a third level, one that refers to the eschatological celebrations. The abundance suggested by the peacock, the pomegranate apples and the luxurious feast on the table refer to the deliverance from suffering for all beings.

May you find your own abundance and release, and please, let's not turn this into a discussion about the right or wrong of Christianity, these posts are about art, so do tread lightly

All images are my own.

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the first thing that hits is the color intensity.... but I think that's not necessarily a bad thing... just not in "tradition" of say the old masters.
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Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci
One of the most beautiful Annunciations I know of was painted by this true Master.
Check it out at this great post by +Google Art Project .

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Annunciation, by Leonardo da Vinci, born on this day 522 years ago. 
One can already see the careful attention to the atmospheric changes in the landscape which will be further developed by the artist in later work. Read more about this work from the Uffizi Gallery collection in the Details: 
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Ah, thank you all!
+Bill Davidsen , don't worry, I found it amusing - here I post mostly about the carnal doings of the ancient Gods and no one bats an eyelash, but mention Jesus and all hell breaks loose ;-))
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I was a bit surprised at how well this seems to fit ;-)
What's your Native Zodiac Sign? Use your birthday to find your sign, then follow the link in this post to learn more #AnimalZodiac
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Unlike astrological traditions that evolved in Europe and India, there really is no basis for these "Native American Zodiac Signs"  ... and many consider it offensive.  Perhaps better not to promulgate it, even solely for entertainment purposes.
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Good Morning Google+  your daily story about art: 04.12
Today we celebrate the birthday of the wonderful Robert Delaunay, who was born on April 12th in 1885.  

I was thrilled to find this version of his view of The City of Paris, which references not only the city but has the Three Graces as well. What lovely proof of the power that these ladies had over the imagination of artists for literally thousands of years.

No story today, I'm off on a short trip, but do feel free to make up your own and tread lightly

PS: can't wait to hear what +Bill Davidsen , +Lise Wal , +Hemant Sarin , +BAG GAB, , +Kathy Frank +Joseph Moosman and other regular commentors make of this.

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The Eiffel Tower is a fairly regular object in his works, +Today's Memory , he was absolutely fascinated by the emerging technology that made such feats of engineering possible.
That brings to mind that maybe here he is providing a bridge between the ancient ideas of Graces and the new opportunities of his age?
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More Rossetti
set to the wonderful Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, enjoy!

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thanks +Thelma Mello , I'm happy you enjoyed it!
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Good Morning Google+  your daily story about art: 04.16
Today we depart again from the normal subject of these posts, by looking at a Fastentuch made (or at least designed) by Konrad of Friesach in 1458.  It's located in the Basilica of Gurk, in Carinthia, and with 81 square meters, it is the largest Fastentuch in Austria.

So what actually is a Fastentuch? Well, it's origins are said to go back to the Jewish Temple Curtains, and it a cloth, or veil, that is used during Lent to cover visual depictions of Christ, usually a Crucifix at the altar of a Church.  It's latin name is 'vellum quadragesima' or Veil of 40 Days, and is usually used between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday.

The purpose of the cloth or veil is to separate the community from the Altar and the Reliquary, so they can no longer watch the Liturgy but only hear it. In a way this adds a spiritual fast to the physical one that is supposed to occur during Lent. 

The original veils go back to around the year 1000, and were usually just dyed fabric. Around the year 1200, the veils became more elaborate, and were decorated with needlepoint scenes, turning into artful tapestries. The Fastentuch in Gurk is one of the most interesting pieces in Europe, with 99 separate scenes from both the Old and New Testaments, arranged on strips that were then sewn together. 

Have a wonderful day, and please, let's not turn this into a discussion about the right or wrong of Christianity, these posts are about art, so do tread lightly .

Images are my own, taken today at the Basilica in Gurk.

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I know this isn't the main point of this piece, but.... wow. I love the different medieval weaponry. Those are some serious weapons!
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Good Morning Google+  your daily story about art: 04.14
... will not be forthcoming today, and here's why:

After spending two wonderful days with my daughter in Vienna, I was on my way home to Carinthia, when, still within the city limits, all four lanes of traffic on the highway came to a dead halt. At first it was stop and go, then we stood for almost an hour - all four lanes. I could see a helicopter about a kilometer ahead, first circling and then disappearing from view, most likely to land.

We finally started moving again, very slowly and passed the site of a tragic accident. A car had gotten smashed between two trucks, one in front and one behind. It had been squeezed so much that at first I did not even notice it.  This incredible scene had me preoccupied for most of my drive, which took five hours instead of the usual 3.5.   
Apart from the normal feelings of horror, compassion and gratitude (but for the grace ....), two points kept revolving in my thoughts.

Firstly: There are no guarantees (or absolute certainties) in life, and secondly: Actions and events are never private. Let me explain.

On a very basic level, this accident involved at least 3 drivers, and possibly some passengers. Their lives, so they survived, will be changed forever. The consequences in terms of physical injuries, pain, guilt, "what if's", self recriminations and not least legal issues will follow them for a long, long time.

As well, I'm convinced that each of them has/had family and friends, who expected them home, at work, etc. and whose lives are also affected. None of these people had an inkling of what was to come when they got up this morning. It was surely a day like any other, with the usual routines, possibly arguments, or laughter and happiness. But that one moment, unexpectedly ending in such tragedy for all of them, unforeseen and certainly unwanted, will affect them forever.

But it was not only the people directly involved. As I thought back to the scene, the many policemen and firemen, who surely were met with a horrifying scene, I wonder how their lives are affected. How will they deal with what they were forced to witness, pulling at least one (hopefully only one) injured person from that car? Will they take their frustrations and possible feelings of helplessness out on their families and friends?

And what about the thousands of us stuck on the highway for an hour? I was so lucky, I had no place that I had to be, I spent the time on the phone. But others surely had appointments, picking up children after school, meetings to attend, jobs to apply for, even friends to meet.  

Don't misunderstand, compared to those directly involved these are all minor inconveniences. But still, there are affects to literally thousands of people, which made me think of the famous Butterfly Effect.  The American meteorologist Edward Lorenz coined the term with his study about the predictability of weather by asking the question whether the "Flap of a Butterfly's wing in Brasil may cause a Tornado in Texas".

One can explain the phenomena as one of indirect causes in nonlinear, dynamic systems, and even look at the mathematical proofs, but I prefer to simply know that there are no guarantees.

When we get up in the morning, there is no certainty that we will return home at night. All our efforts and striving for control over our lives are actually like the boy trying to save the dam by plugging his finger into the hole. It gives us the feeling that we are taking action, and that we are in control, when in fact, on a very fundamental level, we are not.

I was very reassured when crossing into Carinthia to see the mountains that I have come to see as 'mine', the chain of the Karawanks.  They offer the suggestion of permanence, stability. But even that is not true.

So, what is my point? Maybe this: don't take anything for granted. Enjoy your life, your family, friends and loved ones. If there are issues to be cleared up, do it soon, I for one, am off to contact a family member of my own with whom I have a fairly profound issue. We will probably not find a resolution, but at least there will be contact.

So remember to tread lightly, be well and may you always return home safely.
Image is my own, from Ghorka Park in Nepal.

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+Susanne Ramharter Beautiful and interesting art
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Good Morning Google+  your daily story about art: 04.13
Today is Palm Sunday, which is the beginning of Holy Week for Christian believers.  Palm Sunday commemorates the Entrance into Jerusalem of Jesus Christ.  

This fresco from the Monastary Decani in Kosovo, which was established in 1327, is one of many depictions of the event in early Christianity.  Though there are still some few contemporary artists who take up the theme, on the whole it fell out of favor sometime during the Baroque period. 

And yet, there are some intriguing symbols or allusions to be found. These center on the tragic irony that a man who is received with acclaim and cheers entering the city, will leave it to be executed only a few days later after having been betrayed, humiliated and tortured. One has to ask, how did such a thing come to pass?

We see a hint of this question as an important topic of theses scenes in the fact that almost all older depictions show a man spreading his cloak for Jesus to ride over.  This is a profound expression of both humility and homage on the part of the unknown man. It speaks to total subservience, complete and utter assurance that a saviour is arriving.  Which, as Christians believe, is true, just not in the way that this man wanted or expected.

Turned out that Jesus was not a political figure, come to relieve the population from the yoke of Roman rule, but a spiritual one, a guide out of the restrictive legacy of the Old Testament.  But, as we know from many examples in history and even our own time, when people have extremely high expectations of someone, tremendous disappointment and anger are sure to follow. So, it's actually not such a surprise that the 'crowd turned against him' in the end.

I do hope your Sunday is a peaceful one, and tread lightly

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+Andre Logan imagine there's no heaven, no hell below us, above us only sky. It isn't hard if you try.
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Morality in Babies, not what you would think
A fascinating article about morality in our youngest. This both explains much and raises many questions.

Studying morality in infants is sticky. Morality is hard to define, even among adults. Still, researchers in this field have focused on a few key traits, including helpfulness, fairness and kindness. These "prosocial behaviors," research indicates, may be detectable in babies just a few months old.
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my pleasure +Chris Dangerfield !
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Einstein's Last Desk
.. looks a lot like mine.
Unfortunately, that's where the similarity ends.
Albert Einstein passed away on April 18, 1955. A photographer from <a href="">LIFE</a> snapped his desk at Princeton hours after Einstein had died. Einstein gave new meaning to the saying, cluttered desk, cluttered mind. Perhaps genius requires a little disorder. 
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LOL! But the real problem is when you have the combination of Cluttered Desk and Empty Mind +Friedl Fuerst ;-))
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Treading Lightly
To tread is to take a step, place your foot on a surface (betreten, auftreten, schreiten), to walk. 

To tread lightly means to move carefully, mindfully and with awareness; to do as little damage as possible to your surroundings and to yourself.

It means to be:
  • open to learning, new ideas and thinking
  • compassionate towards others, especially those who are weaker, or have difficulty fending for themselves
  • engaged for a society whose main definition of freedom is not necessarily the freedom to make money, but rather freedom of ideas, speech, development and privacy 
  • and above all, the ability to be amazed and laugh about absurdity, irony, myself, others - to take myself lightly 
My cool friend, +Eileen O'Duffy shared a poetic understanding of the concept by William Butler Yeats:
HAD I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. 

So if you are interested in art, psychology, a fair and open society, organizations and leadership, a little photography and a touch of the spiritual, all seen with a smile then:
Welcome to My World, and please, tread lightly!

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