Academic journal article Chicago Review

The Postcards: A Triptych

Academic journal article Chicago Review

The Postcards: A Triptych

Article excerpt

The Minoan Snake Goddess is flanked by a Chardin still-life, somber and tranquil, and by Mahommedan angels brilliantly clothed and with multicolored lings, who throng round a fleshcolored horse with a man's face on whose back rides a whiteturbaned being without a face, merely a white, oval disk, and whose hands too are unformed, or hidden in blue sleeves.

Are the angels bringing attributes to this unconscious one? Is he about to made human?

One bends to the floor of heaven in prayer; one brings a bowl (of water?), another a tray (of food?); two point the way, one watches from on high, two and two more indicate measure, that is, they present limits that confine the way to a single path; two debate the outcome, the last prays not bowed down but looking level towards the pilgrim. Stars and the winding ceintures of the angels surround the gold cloud or flame before which he rides; heaven itself is a dark, somber blue. ;

Meanwhile the still-life offers, makes possible, a glass of water, a wine-bottle made of glass so dark it is almost black yet not opaque, half-full of perhaps water, and beside these, two courgettes with rough, yellow-green, almost reptilian skins, and a shallow basket of plums, each almost cleft with ripeness, the bloom blue upon them, their skin darker purple or almost crimson where a hand touched them, placing them here. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.