Friday, April 13, 2012

Fraught with Symbology

Ignatio Matus F. — Mujer en la Playa — 1955

To my way of thinking, the painting directly above, Woman at the Beach, is also of a spiritual nature. Note the mysterious hand gesture pointing to the heavens, utilized by Leonardo da Vinci and others, as if to mean 'as it is below, so it is above' (possibly referring to heavenly bodies).

The painting is fraught with other symbology, not unlike the paintings of Leonardo. If you can zoom in, note that the champagne bottle is fairly tiny in scale, but also if you look really closely, you can see that another bottle has been painted out (without removing its shadow), as well as an array of drinking glasses. My oh my, I could study the symbology of this painting all day.

Below, a reminder of that hand gesture by Leonardo that I refer to.

Leonardo — St John the Baptist

1 comment:

The Bastard King of England said...

I agree; it is very spiritual and uplifting.