Saturday, January 3, 2009

Some art talk for relief from the many problems

Art should be a visual and mental refuge from all the many problems and pressures of the day, so here's a little break.

One of my favorite paintings (and many share my view) is the painting popularly known as "The Skating Minister." Follow the link to take a look, and if you Google Image you can find better resolution depictions.


The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch, better known by its shorter title The Skating Minister, is an oil painting by Sir Henry Raeburn in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh. It was practically unknown until about 1949; today, however, it is one of Scotland's best known paintings. It is considered an icon of Scottish culture, painted during one of the most remarkable periods in the country's history, the Scottish Enlightenment.

It is such a great work of art on every level.

There is another painting of a similar subject that I like, American, with a different pose, and I always thought that reproductions of the two would look great side by side.

"The Skater" by Gilbert Stuart:

Each one is a painting that is not only great art, but a piece that one can rest and refresh one's eyes upon... I'm not at all a fan of art that is agitating.