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  1. John Tkachuk

    Merci, Jonathan, for developing your talents as you have… and for your friendship ~ I cherish both‼️

    1. Thank you Fr. John. All the best to you and your family.

  2. Terence

    What is your opinion of the 16th Century “Cretan Renaissance” blending of Eastern and Western styles, a good or bad development?

    1. To be honest, I think it is a mixed bag. Some of the images that came out of that time are quite fine and have been able to preserve an iconic stillness despite more western feeling to the images, but those that have that Rubens feel of frenetic activity create exactly the kind of dissipation I am talking about.

      1. Terence

        And yet, the Paris Psalter and the Joshua Roll of the 10th century seems to indicate a survival of the Classical style into the medieval period, running parallel with the more geometric “Byzantine” style. I would very much like to know your thoughts on that.

        1. I think the Romanos ivories also indicate a survival of the Classical style. In fact I think the classical style has always continued to be the base of European art. It is a false idea still floating in our minds that somehow Byzantine art was ever a break from it. But we need to view things on a scale rather than in closed categories. If the Paris Psalter and the Macedonian Renaissance, let’s say, contain more sensual images with more allegories and such, this is one side of the scale and is not the “normal” of a distribution. If we take the toned down eroticism of even some of the byzantine secular art, and we put it on a scale next to let’s say the statue of Pan raping a goat found in Pompeii, we will see the whole Christian “distribution” moving away from the extremes and applying the straightening I have mentioned. And then once again, if you compare the bodies in the Joshua roll, which are on the more sensual side of the scale, to the bodies in Rubens for example, once again things find a perspective.

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