Wednesday, December 08, 2010

an entirely unique holiness...

... The "splendor of an entirely unique holiness" by which Mary is "enriched from the first instant of her conception" comes wholly from Christ. [CCC 492]


Francisco Zurbaran, Immaculate Conception


Jose Antolinez, Immaculate Conception

4 comments:

Christopher Lake said...

One of the best quotes in the Catechism. Wonderful. "Wholly from Christ." To love Mary is to love Christ (and vice versa, despite the fears and objections of many Protestant brothers and sisters).

PaxetBonum said...

Normally for me, de Zurbaran is "el hombre", I love his draftsmanship, color, and Spanish "moodiness", but here I find I prefer the Antolinez, whom I have never heard of... thx for both posting Kat, must look at more of Antolinez' work... P&B.

romishgraffiti said...

Still prefer the 'Zurb. I have never been able to appreciate baby heads with wings sprouting from them.

PaxetBonum said...

@Romish- well, me too, and I'm certainly no fan of chubby little putti (too much of that in my favorite Italian Baroque stuff, which school Antolinez is clearly following), but here de Zurb has gone for an omaggio or re-presentation of the Guadalupana image, against a sort of gloomy Renaissance skyscape/landscape, yet with a Mannerist look to it... just doesn't work, for me. At least Antolinez' composition is honestly Baroque, in it's stylized, over-sentimental way, and I prefer the more precise depiction of Our Lady's figure, and her royal blue/lapis/indigo drapery is gorgeous.

There is only a very short Wiki article about Antolinez, suggesting he is a minor artist about whom little is known, unlike de Zurb, who gets a long and fulsome treatment on Wiki.