Posts tagged ‘Crawford Gallery’

December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas

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Photo: Sculpture by Seamus Murphy in the Crawford Gallery, Cork: “Virgin of the twilight” (1941)

Yes I know that this isn’t really a Christmas picture, the Lord Jesus is a bit too grown up!  But it was the closest I could find to a “real meaning of Christmas” picture that I had taken in the past few months.  I love the tender expression on Mary’s face and the resolute expression on the Lord’s face, as if, even at this age he knows what lies ahead…

To all of you reading this, a very Happy Christmas and may you know even more of God’s plan and purpose for your life in the coming year.

(NOTE APRIL 2013 – for some reason this got deleted – so reinstating it now)

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November 8, 2012

Art

 

He stood there for a long time, lost in thought and completely oblivious to my taking his photo.  What is it about the painting that has so caught the man’s attention?  I would imagine that the artist would be delighted, the painting was achieving the desired affect; the viewer was being drawn in, captivated, connected with.  Art is many things, but as a means of communication it is a very powerful medium.

Last night I read this:

The first thing we learn about [God] in the Scriptures is that He was an artist. … God moved across the chaos and began to imagine.  Colours – blue and green and red and yellow.  All the colours somehow mixed together.  What would green look like alongside blue, with a little thin band of gold to join the two?  Mountains.  Oceans.  Beaches.  Rivers.  Trees. Canyons.  Valleys.  Shapes and textures and smells and taste.  All these things existed in God’s imagination, even before he decided to make them into a reality and create His artistic masterpiece – the world…

(Steve Stockman, “Walk On”, the Spiritual Journey of U2.  Relevant Books, 2005, p.88)

God is the great Artist, He has communicated to us through His great canvas.  Are we drawn in, captivated, connected?

Or do we just walk on by?

March 8, 2012

Crawford Gallery, Cork

A couple of days ago whilst on a brief outing to Cork city, we decided to have lunch in the Crawford Gallery Café as it had been several years since our previous visit there.  The food is excellent (though perhaps a bit healthier than is my natural want) and the gallery itself is just wonderful.  I wasn’t sure if photography was allowed, so just three ‘undercover’ shots were taken…

The table next to ours.  I really like the expressions on the faces of two figures in the window!
Crawford Gallery Café

The upper corridor that runs by the Harry Clarke gallery, I think it was the curvature towards the light that made me lift the camera to take this one.
Crawford curving corridor

The Classical and neo-classical sculptures near the main entrance…
Crawford Gallery, Cork

These statues made me think of the film ‘A Night at the Museum‘!  Also a verse from the Bible comes to mind now as I look at this:

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  (Ephesians 2:10)