2018年4月26日 星期四

Pietà

One of the world's greatest video artists, Bill Viola's two video installations -- Mary and Martyrs .... 



Bill Viola: The Road to St Paul's 
Date & Time: 19:30-21:30, 26 April 2018
Venue: Starr Cinema, Bankside
London SE1 9TG

The person who one loves most has died! No one can imagine the grief that could be more vast and powerful than what the universe emanates, especially if the person who dies is a great man.  

Some while ago, I met a guy. We went to a gallery together. He told me he preferred mythological paintings and had no feeling for religious paintings. We talked about Jesus and his life. 

Different from him, I always find the Bible stories fascinating. They are not just simple religious implications. Instead, they are about great human stories. Jesus is the figure symbolising every great man who is so above-ordinary and so intelligent has been misunderstood, punished, betrayed, or suffered greatly. His suffering and his inevitable death has led to his mother's indescribable pain and everlasting melancholy.











Michelangelo's 1498-99 Pietà




These greatest religious works of art are much closer to human life than you anticipate. Here, I would like to mention Michelangelo's 1498-99 Pietà. This particular piece has offered me an emotional, spiritual comfort, beyond any description, when I have gone through a heavy grief for my darling husband who died last year. In this sculpture, Mary, Jesus's mother, looks so young. You may think she is weak. But No! Look at her! Her body is strong and her legs are wide-open. She holds her dead son's heavy body with her right hand and support it with very muscular legs. Of course, these features are metaphorical. Her skirt carries out the best sculptural drapery, seemingly narrating the most difficult emotions that human beings could experience. I shall say that this image has brought me the greatest emotional impact than any other works of art!

2018年3月31日 星期六

兩種模樣,一種情























巴托洛梅·埃斯特萬·牟利羅Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
〈窗前兩位女人〉(“Two Women at a Window”)
1655-1660年
油彩  畫布
125.1 × 104.5 公分
華盛頓    國立藝術美術館
(National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC)

巴托洛梅·埃斯特萬·牟利羅(Bartolomé Esteban Murillo)是西班牙的
巴洛克派畫家,一生以畫宗教畫與描繪街道小孩與女人聞名,從今年
二月到五月,倫敦國立美術館展出他的作品,展名為「牟利羅:自畫
像」,說來,這位畫家於十九世紀前,聲名要比其他西班牙畫家響亮
,除了西班牙,還遠播歐洲各地,然而這一百多年來,幾乎消聲匿跡
,而這次正逢他誕辰四百週年,他的兩件引人注目的自我肖像被湊合
起來,再跟其他的油畫一起亮相,讓觀者再度熟悉這位黃金時代的大
師。

展場中掛示了一幅動人的〈窗前的兩位女人〉(Two Women at a 
Window,前面這位年輕女孩,一手停放窗台,另一手襯托臉頰,
深邃的輪廓,甜美的笑容,直直地看著你,充溢著青春,相對地,後
面的女人戴著頭巾,遮住嘴巴,又在護窗板後面,一副羞澀模樣,可
說是...... 一種情,兩種模樣

2018年3月28日 星期三

達利的 “耶穌”

達利的 “耶穌” 是蘇格蘭人最愛的一張畫, 隨著復活節即將來臨, 我在明天(三月28日) 在愛丁堡將有一場演講....


講者:Natalia S Y Fang Brand, Ph.D.
講題:Dali's 'Le Christ'
地點:St Peter's, Lutton Place, Edinburgh
時間:7:30-9:00pm, 28th of March

2018年2月2日 星期五

【一個女人的故事】(★★)

昨天我去看了一部法國的電影叫 "A Woman's Life" (一個女人的生命) ......

電影的女主角太過委屈求全面對命運給予的一切包括丈夫朋友與孩子的背叛似乎沒有一丁點氣力擊打回去最後一場接一場悲劇發生

看完之後有一位觀眾説:從來也沒看過這麼壓抑的電影!
有人說:這或許是設在古時候才會這樣
我卻認為女子在每個時代要面臨的要克服的問題都不一樣一個來自貴族的女子怎麼把自己弄的這樣弄到一點獨立空間都沒有她絕不應如此壓抑才對

我只能給這部電影兩星 (★★) 

2018年1月26日 星期五

彭斯之夜

今天在家辦了一場彭斯之夜(Burns Night)聚餐,我做了傳統的餐點,喝點威斯忌酒,一旁有火爐,暖暖熱呼呼的,也一同念一些喜歡的詩...

包括
莎士比亞的十四行詩第29首
彭斯的一朵紅紅的玫瑰
.....