Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Wordless: Verse 19


This painting is The Conversion of Saul by Michelangelo Buonarroti and was completed sometime between 1542-45. The original can be found at Cappella Paolina, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican.

From the Web Gallery of Art:

On the road to Damascus, where he was going to obtain authorization from the synagogue to arrest Christians, Paul was struck to the ground, blinded by a sudden light from heaven. The voice of God, heard also by Paul's attendants, as artists make clear, said, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?' They led him to the city where, the voice had said, he would told what he had to do. According to a tradition, connected with the medieval Custom of representing pride as a falling horseman, Paul made the journey on horseback. He lies on the ground as if just thrown from his horse, prostrate with awe, or unconcious. He may be wearing Roman armour. Christ appeares in the heavens, perhaps with three angels. Paul's attendants run to help him or try to control the rearing horses.

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