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Monday, 31 August 2009

A grandfather's love


Caspar, one of the Three Kings, offers his gift to the Christ Child,
Fresco detail, exterior south wall
Chiesa di San Gottardo, Carmine Superiore

I'm always struck by the kindness in this character's face. He's giving his gift with true affection - the affection of a doting grandfather, rather than a potentate come to offer tribute. A very human moment.

7 comments:

ladyfi said...

You're right! That's what makes these frescoes so unique - and wonderful.

Debbie said...

What a beautiful fresco.

Joy said...

That is a beautiful. I pray I offer the gifts that I've been blessed with back to Him so willingly.

Joy

♥ Braja said...

It's true, a detail so often missing or unseen in art, that delicately beautiful facial expression...

Peter from italyMONDO! said...

There is something special about a grandfather's love, too. I always look back, as I know a lot do, at those "special moments" with grandpa that you can never forget.

Me? It's shucking peas in the summer watching thunderstorms pass through the valley...

Anonymous said...

Its amazing that these frescos have retained their colour, not like modern paints which fade so quickly.

Louise said...

Well, these ones have just been restored, so they look pretty good right now. We'll see how long the modern pigments last.

Monday, 31 August 2009

A grandfather's love


Caspar, one of the Three Kings, offers his gift to the Christ Child,
Fresco detail, exterior south wall
Chiesa di San Gottardo, Carmine Superiore

I'm always struck by the kindness in this character's face. He's giving his gift with true affection - the affection of a doting grandfather, rather than a potentate come to offer tribute. A very human moment.

7 comments:

ladyfi said...

You're right! That's what makes these frescoes so unique - and wonderful.

Debbie said...

What a beautiful fresco.

Joy said...

That is a beautiful. I pray I offer the gifts that I've been blessed with back to Him so willingly.

Joy

♥ Braja said...

It's true, a detail so often missing or unseen in art, that delicately beautiful facial expression...

Peter from italyMONDO! said...

There is something special about a grandfather's love, too. I always look back, as I know a lot do, at those "special moments" with grandpa that you can never forget.

Me? It's shucking peas in the summer watching thunderstorms pass through the valley...

Anonymous said...

Its amazing that these frescos have retained their colour, not like modern paints which fade so quickly.

Louise said...

Well, these ones have just been restored, so they look pretty good right now. We'll see how long the modern pigments last.