Thursday, November 12, 2009

the finest art in all of Christendom...

23 comments:

Mike in CT said...

"Are you tryin' to insinuate that Jesus Christ can't hit a curve ball?"

Josephus Flavius said...

Not be outdone by...

http://byztex.blogspot.com/2009/10/soccer-icon.html

Rich said...

Here's the real problem with modern art - be it architecture, paintings, music, vestments, furnishings, etc.....: IT'S SO FREAKIN' DULL!!! The goal of Christian art used to be to inspire you to transcend your earthly woes, keep your mind focused on your Heavenly goal, and remind you of the awesomeness of our God. Now, the intent seems to be to drag God down to our mundane level and erase any sense of the divine.

Kathreja said...

blech

Mansizedtarget.com said...

To me, in addition to its sentimentality, this type of art evinces a manifestation of the heresy called Americanism. Americans are very attached to democracy and equality. The very notion of worship, reverence, and holding God in awe is at odds with our culture, as are the Bible's numerous analogies to a kind of feudalistic hierarchy, whereby vassals owe things to parents, lords, governments, etc. Here Jesus is made "one of the guys," kicking the ball around and to whom a hearty slap on the back is owed, which is a far cry from bowing down in fear and trembling and worship.

That said, Jesus is closer to us than the God of Islam or even the face of God revealed in the Old Testament. Jesus suffers with us, knows us, endured temptation and sadness and physical pain and likely the whole range of human emotion. He is both very far above us and also on our level and, in the poor and the lonely and the sick, below us in some respect. But the close and human Jesus can be dissolved by the culture into nothing special, which is implicit here. Well, maybe not nothing, it looks like he's about to score a goal!

The Crescat said...

Mansizedtarget... excellent point. I have nothing to add bc I agree with everything you just said!

;-)

shussong said...

I personally love art such as this..it captures a bit of the "human side" of Jesus, who was like us in all things but sin. When he said "let the little children come unto me," and the times he held children close, he was interacting with them on their level..and I'm sure in His human life on Earth that He took a few minutes out of His day to play games with children.

In the same way I love the comforting paintings of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, carrying the baby lambs on His shoulder, or cradling them in His arms.

Yes, we can approach the throne of God with fear and trembling "God the Father," but he is also Abba, Daddy, who will give us ice cream if we ask, and not a stone or a snake.

Sara

saintos said...

Well, if it had our Blessed Mommy in it it wouldn't be all bad.


P.S. the "word verification" on this is "dingl" - that cracks me up and seems somehow fitting.

Tzard said...

I apologize in advance, but this is truly what came to mind....

Is Jesus smiling or wincing - he does have wounds on his feet, after all.

The Digital Hairshirt said...

Aw, hell, now my Christmas surprise to you is ruined.

DammitWomann said...

I love that pix. It makes me all warm 'n fuzzy. Jesus playing with the kidz...........come on now ... how much sweeter can that be ?

shussong said...

Saintos:
When the Child Jesus ran to Mary for comfort with tears in His eyes after He had fallen down or skinned His knee, and She drew Him to Her bosum, wrapped Her mantle around Him, and kissed away His tears, She was Blessed Mama Mary..

And when I run to Her for comfort and support, with tears in MY eyes, and ask for Her prayrs and to be comforted by Her mantle..She is also my Blessed Mommy..

God Bless.. Sara

Gail F said...

I bet Jesus would have played soccer with kids -- but I don't think he would have done it while he was carrying the cross.

laurazim said...

But then, why can't we see this same picture with the CHILD Jesus? He was a Child once, too. He went through His Childhood playing, no doubt, with His cousins and other children who would have lived near the Holy Family. Why don't we show that side of Him more often? Certainly He was an Adult when He spoke the words, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them..." but can't we just show Him as a Holy Child among other children as He once was??

Mary Ellen said...

This post had me perusing religious art on the Internet and there are an awful lot of pictures that make him look as if he's modeling his tunic...kinda like Fabio with the long flowing hair blowing in the wind and big grins. I mean, I'm sure Jesus had a sense of humor and smiled...even laughed from time to time, but for some reason seeing it in a painting just doesn't seem right. Not to mention...did he really look like Fabio? I hope not.

shussong said...

Yes-- a great deal of church and religious art portrays the Holy Family and the Apostiles more as "Western Europeans" in clothing and physical appearance than good Jewish/Hebrew people. Years ago I did ask an artist friend of mine--Jewish by the way--who was pursuing an art degree why that way so...he said--for what it's worth--there may be medievalist and art history folks who might chime in--was that in the Medieval times and other big art movements the Jewish people were looked down as shysters, bankers, money handers, and the like...LOTS of racism and prejudice against them, and so there was the perhaps conscious or unconscious effort to portray Jeses, Mary, and others as something other than Jewish..

nazareth priest said...

Mary Ellen: I hope Jesus didn't look like Fabio, either...oy!
As an iconographer, I must admit my prejudice(?) but this is way over the top.
Religious art, like religious (sacred) music must have transcendence as well as the "ineffable" in order to draw us into the mystery of God. Otherwise, Jesus is just a "good guy"...I'd rather have a Saviour, thank you very much!

Lee Strong said...

One image I'd like to see -

In connection with the Luminous Mysteries, The Wedding Feast, a picture of Jesus dancing.

Smiley said...

Jesus looks like one of the BeeGees. I dont like the picture. I can see St. Don Bosco or St Dominic Savio Plyaing football with the kids but nah this does nothing for me

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

I think this post could inspire a "Bad Jesus Modern Art" contest? These types of pictures always bothered me. If you have a young boy and a Catholic grandmother, chances are you've gotten one of these for a birthday/baptism/Christmas present.

Speaking of contest, I would submit a "Jesus, I trust in you" print. I've always called it "CreepyJesus". I know that that will bother some people, but I've never liked that painting.

DammitWomann said...

Well folks, this is exactly why there is Chocolate AND Vanilla to choose from.

saintos said...

shussong, I love the Blessed Mother, lots n' lot. Without her I never would have converted so you can relax now.

I wrote what I did in the context of the post, in the spirit of it, in the same tone, having fun, as did a number of other folks commenting. I'm so happy to know you love the Blessed Mother as much as me. So, whisper words of wisdom, let it be, let it be. ;-)

saintos said...

P.S. shussong, I see now how my own comment was directly below yours which might have made you think I was responding to yours, which I wasn't. In fact I hadn't even read your comment. Justwantedtoclearthatup. :)