Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Inspiration and research

Now that the canvas with Isaiah 55 is safely hanging in the narthex at Church of the Resurrection , (along with the other nine Old Testament paintings) it is time to post about some of the thoughts and research that went into the work. Here are some of the images gathered from the history of art.

Moses Drawing Water From the Rock Tintoretto 1577

 The Jews in the Desert             Tintoretto 
Mount Sinai  El Greco (1541-1614) 
 Moses strikes water from the stone by Francesco Bacchiacca (1540)
 Manna reigning from heaven on the Israelites (Exodus 16) circa 1250 Maciejowski Bible

 Painting on the wall of an early Christian catacomb. (the Cubiculum of the Sheep) Moses unlacing his sandals.  Moses striking a rock to get water in the desert.

And here is one of my favorite paintings. Master of the Gathering of the Manna 1470 This is from a medieval Book of the Hours painted by a Dutch artist.

The central figure in the medieval work of art above inspired my figure here.

And  this mother with her infant gathering manna to feed her family.

I took a lot of ideas from the magnificent rock formations in the El Greco painting above.
El Greco is also the inspiration to create this textural fire for the pillar of fire to guide the Israelites by night.