Thursday, 26 December 2013

Beauty and the Beast: A tale for St Stephen's Day

Happy St Stephen's Day. This painting is from the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. Beautiful. Notice the two men in pink: one is a typical bad guy, the other of divine beauty; almost like St Stephen's diabolical twin. The beautiful killer also looks calm and reflective, whilst the other killer guy looks crazed. Which just goes to show that mobs can be dangerous, but also that a beautiful, intelligent and reflective young man is equally capable of martyrdom and murder, with full knowledge and full consent. Something that teachers keep noticing ... The mystery of free will ...
 
There is also a kind of resignation on the faces of the main killer, the beturbaned grandee and, of course, the Saint, who can see Christ in glory. So many things to think about.