Saturday, October 13, 2007

rome


A beautiful and revealing portrait. From the first century AD, the dawn of the new era, we have this young couple who must have just begun their life together. A wedding portrait. So moving to see their differences in character. The man, with his big eyes and ears, seems young and impulsive. Full of hot blood. He clutches a scroll with a red seal, perhaps their marriage certificate. The young wife, beautiful and aristocratic, seems more temperate, sophisticated, and careful. She is literate, holding a wax writing tablet, foldable in two, and a stylus. She gazes pensively out into the distance. She is measured and thoughtful. The direction of their gazes tells us that this marriage has yet to come together. Their temperaments and characters have yet to be moulded around each other's. The giving and taking, and the writing, have only just begun.

4 Comments:

Blogger Gaetan said...

Behind the scene.
Lovely interpretation and description of this fresco...BUT !!! More shading to one side of the face, a little more colour there, a spot of darkness in the eye and the mood changes. Was the REAL essence of this couple captured? This thought takes me to the chemical reactions in the body, that can change our moods, but is our mood really the essence of who we are?

October 14, 2007 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger Astrid said...

hey, didn't know you had a blog, now i do though - and i LOVE it. Thanks!

October 16, 2007 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger mimi said...

astrid!!! nice to hear from you. i'm so glad you like it!

gaetan! maybe the girl just had PMS? maybe they had a fight the day before? yet they seem pretty happy to be together, though they are very different people. this portrait gives me so much comfort and hope. i find it so open, so honest. from 2000 yrs ago, it speaks to me so directly. thank you for sharing your thoughts!

October 16, 2007 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger mimi said...

the wonderful corey amaro said about my post: "Love begins, the step draws near. They look towards their future, they hold their secrets, their desires, their hope in their hands. When will they reach for each other? Maybe they hold the keys to each other in their hands?

Love leads us to mysterious paths."

thanks corey : ) i hope blogger will let you post again!

November 2, 2007 at 3:49 PM  

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