San Michele e la sua Ancella
San Michele e la sua ancella
A work of art can be inspired, it can inspire and can be beautiful. An interesting work of art reveals. It can reveal its artist. It can reveal its observer. It can reveal a past, present, and future. It can have accidental revelations, that are no less meaningful. It can reveal conflicting truths. With time, its revelations may evolve as its artist and observers evolve. Its revelations may one day seem prescient or merely aspirations, a life sentence or a distant past sublimated.
This "San Michele e la sua ancella" is beautiful, but what does it reveal? What will it one day reveal? Is it inspired? Will it inspire?
The beauty and power of this work of art are indeed in its revelations, which are found in the gaze of the servant and her angel, their embrace, their posture, in the shield, in the stance of the steed.
Is the servant in the embrace of her protector, with whom, on the powerful steed, she and he will take on the world? Do her eyes suggest magnanimity and kindness towards her foes, or ruthless destruction, or both? Are they content in each other′s embrace, at peace in a turbulent world, or do they burn with desire, not only for the other, but to vanquish all who come before them?
Is the angel saving his servant, or is he at her mercy, or both? Is the shield there to protect, or to hide that the servant holds the angel′s manhood and soul in the grasp of her hands, or both? Is she his servant, or he hers? Is he an angel, after all? Or is he reduced to a mere man mesmerized under his servant′s mellifluous enchantments? Is she who is empowered by him, or it′s the angel who has found his raison d′etre in her?
This magnificent work reveals insights to all who deign to observe it, and its power is in the immediacy and vulnerable transparency of the insights it reveals. It′s a work whose meaning is likely to evolve and remain relevant for so long as there is man and woman.
[The following observations are those of a man who knows the artist.]
Oil on canvas 36 in x 32 in. Private collection Year: November 2018
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