Carl Bloch knew how to create it. Do you know Carl Bloch? I must admit that I didn't. I knew his work, my church uses it a lot in our buildings and such, but I didn't know his name.
The BYU Museum of Art has an exhibit of his work right now and it is amazing. They brought four large alterpieces over from Lutheran churches in Denmark and Sweden. They also have 30 additional religious and genre works of his.
Jayne and I took the kids down and I was really hoping that they wouldn't be too bored. They did so great, Emmy loved making me tell the story of each piece...which I totally had to make up. The religious ones were easy but the genre ones took some imagination.
Emmy was enthralled with this one: Prometheus Unbound
Have you ever tried explaining this story to a four-year-old?
"Well now Prometheus stole fire from Zeus and gave it to the humans. This made Zeus really mad and Zeus chained him to a rock where every day an eagle came and ate his liver. It then grew back every night and it all happened again, every day, for thousands of years. Then Hercules, who was also a god, came and saved him by shooting the eagle..."
We had a hard time getting past shooting the poor eagle... Jayne you may need to starting studying Greek mythology soon :-)
Here are some other pieces.
(I may or may not of bawled sitting in front of this one)
Oddness alert: I normally don't like portrayals of Christ where He looks too anglo. I know. Weird. But I do still love Bloch's portrayal. He puts so much life and emotion into his faces.
And the light. Goodness gracious. I have no idea how he does that. Any artists care to explain?
If you are anywhere close to Provo I would recommend going to this exhibit, it was wonderful. Thanks for going with me Jayne and kids!
I love maps. Always have. I used to study the family atlas for hours. Maybe it stems from being home schooled and mom always having maps on the walls.
I especially love old maps. Aren't they cool? I love seeing how differently people saw the world.
My love of maps has turned into a love of directions (might also have something to do with being a control freak...who knows). I map everything. Google Maps is my friend. I am one of those people who knows how to get there before ever leaving the house, with two alternate routes just in case. I am also one of those people who gets seriously annoyed when stuck behind someone who has no idea where they are going. I apologize if I have ever honked and yelled at you. But MAP IT!
Whoa. Did you know you could have road rage while sitting in front of a computer? It's official.
Anyway, funny story concerning my mapping OCD. I have a bit of dyslexia with numbers. Any of you have that? It's strange. No clue why, but I see numbers backwards all the time.
Turns out that is bad when reading directions...
My dad and I were headed to a friend's MMA fight last weekend and I had it all mapped out. I repeatedly assured Dad that we were to get off on exit 248. He repeatedly commented that that exit was really far off still, was I sure?
I decided to humour my paranoid old pops and check again. Um, yeah. Exit 284.
We got there. Nick won. Let's just forget the drive down shall we?
Do you guys know this movie? Well you should. It completes me. I must say that it is one of my top 5 all time favorites. Go #100!!!
I was introduced to this film years and years ago, and I fell in love with Scott and Australia and ballroom dancing and the bogo pogo. (Okay fine, I was already in love with Australia, Man From Snowy River anyone??)
Sadly it was years after watching Strictly Ballroom that I realized Baz Luhrmann directed it. Since then I have fallen in love with his movies and directing style. It's a bit crazy, a bit chaotic and a lot amazing. See Australia, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge please.
This post is totally random but I love the song Time After Time and it came on the radio so I decided to find the video on YouTube and then found this cool compilation video from Strictly Ballroom and then I decided to post about it. I think there is some scientific name for brains that work the way mine does... (no jokes!!)
So enjoy the vid, enjoy Scott's hips in the curtain scene...and watch some Baz movies!