Skip to comments.The Bible In Paintings, #119: DAVID IN STAINED GLASS
Posted on 11/01/2020 5:10:19 AM PST by Hebrews 11:6
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Augsburg Cathedral, Bavaria, Germany
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Cathedral of Bayeux, Calvados, France
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Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows[!], Chicago, Illinois
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St Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria, Ohio
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Church of St David, Neath, Neath Port Talbot, Wales
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by PICKEL STUDIO
Repentance of King David
Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo, North Dakota
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St. Peters Church, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire, England
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Angleton First United Methodist Church, Angleton, Texas
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David Going To Meet Goliath
St Cuthbert's Parish Church, Edinburgh, Scotland
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David and Goliath
St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Tampa, Florida
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by EDWARD BURNE-JONES
Christ Church, Oxford, England
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Links to three masters who painted Biblical scenes prolifically:
REMBRANDT HARMENSZOON van RIJN
241 wood engravings for
La Grande Bible de Tours
180 watercolors depicting Bible scenes
Links to two Bibles with comprehensive illustrations:
The Art Bible (1896)
The Maciejowski-Morgan Bible (c.1245)
This series keeps moving from one Bible passage to another,
so here is a fascinating and enjoyable link to assist in following along:
Here are links to the
PREVIOUS 118 POSTS IN THIS SERIES
with descriptive titles to assist you in finding those which interest you
Finally, here is what God did to initiate The Bible in Paintings:
HOW GOD STARTED THIS SERIES
BY SHOWING ME JUST ONE PICTURE
to FReeper left that other site,
who allowed God to make her His conduit
for incomparable enthusiasm, encouragement,
education, advice and technical assistance!
NOTES ON MY SELECTION CRITERIA Q u a l i t yThe Bible and its Author are my focus, not the art:
this is The Bible in Paintings, not Great Paintings nor even Good Paintings. So, works need not be masterpieces to qualify for inclusion herethey dont need to be housed at the Louvre nor auctioned by Sothebys. They only need to illustrate successfully some aspect of the Biblical text or, frankly, just tickle my fancy, which I'm asking the Holy Spirit to guide. Often, artists misrepresent the Scripture, but unless the error is material, licentious or heretical I usually include the artwork, trusting that the Spirit is perfectly capable of defending Himself. So, with such forgiving filters, it means that you're seeing practically everything I'm finding.
P a c i n gThe pace may seem glacial to those eager to see their favorite events. My commission is to search for art on each Bible passage in sequence; if I find enough, then it becomes the next installment, even if undramatic. But where there is no art, that Bible passage goes untold here. The Bible is a thick book, as you know; but we'll get there eventually, Lord willing. Always remember:
love, joy, peace, patience kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control is a fruit of the Spirit!
S e q u e n c i n gThe Protestant Canon does notindeed, cannotfollow a strictly chronological sequence. There are many examples where, for God's good purposes, stories are told out-of-order. Nevertheless, for the sake of simplicity, clarity, and my sanity, I have chosen to proceed linearly and methodically from Genesis onward, illustrating each Bible passage as we come to it. Where two passages cover the same incident I omit the second telling, excepting the four Gospels which I treat synoptically. Now, onward!
Art is merely the Toy Department of Bible study,
so Im just having fun hereI hope you are, too!
Thank you for your understanding.
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The Bible encourages us to meditate on it (Ps. 1:1-3, 119:11-16, etc.); these artists have done so, and their works can assist us and enrich our own thoughts about biblical characters, incidents and concepts, and increase our faith in He who is behind it all. As you encounter and consider these images and the related Scriptures and the Spirit enlightens your understanding, please share it with us!
But it is not only oil-on-canvas that can so help us; I refer to the astonishing video series The Chosen, which strolls through the four Gospels at the most leisurely pace. The eight episodes of Season 1 are finished, and the second of a planned seven seasons is being filmed right now. I say "leisurely" because after an entire years viewing Jesus still has only seven of the apostles (although He's preparing to call up Thomas from the minor leagues--but Thomas is skeptical, of course). Anticipating a canvas of fifty-plus hours instead of a movie's paltry two hours, The Chosen turns the characters (especially including Jesus!) into three-dimensional humans and brings the Gospels alive--you have never seen anything even remotely like it! Here is the Official Trailer.
Here is a link for free viewing of The Chosen: Works with your phone, tablet, and you can cast to your Roku or Chromecast. Last fall I paid $34.98 for DVDs and ongoing internet accessbest 35 bucks Ive ever spent (I dont recall how much our marriage license cost, but then it was 43 years ago).
Note the depiction of the harp of David shows various strings. It is said, “Josephus describes the kinnor as having 10 strings, made from a sheep’s small intestine, and played with a plectrum (pick), though the Book of Samuel notes that David played the kinnor “with his hand”.
There is quite a lot of variance shown in the size of the harp, too, especially in the episode where David played to soothe crazy Saul: some handheld, others as tall as he. Are both correct?
“Note the depiction of the harp of David shows various strings. It is said, Josephus describes the kinnor as having 10 strings, made from a sheeps small intestine, and played with a plectrum (pick), though the Book of Samuel notes that David played the kinnor with his hand.”
Certainly, the phrase ‘with his hand’ is flexible enough to include using a pick. That’s in English, while Hebrew is even more flexible in meaning.
I like and trust Josephus, but he did live 1000 years after David and the playing of the kinnor may have changed or it may have been played with either a pick or with the fingers, as guitarists do today.
I know harpists do NOT use picks, nor classical guitarists, so that’s one more current day fact.
Saw Andrés Segovia in concert, and I can assure you he used no pick.
Whenever I run across stained glass, I post everything I can find. Glad you like it.
|"Dia shábháil ar fad anseo!"|
(((I play Electric Guitar with a pick, and Bass with mah Nekked Fingers. Have I got Callouses? Callouses I got. You want callouses? I’ll show you callouses.)))
I agree about the beauty of #9—I especially like his face. My favorite is #12, David’s Repentance—not only beautiful, but also poignantly meaningful.
Nice selection, as always.
Amazes me every time, how much art God’s Word has inspired.
Great compilation, my favorite is the beautifully expressive face of David in #9. Thank you!
Good choice! Conor agrees with you. I like it, too.
The dominant theme running through these beautiful "windows to the soul" is that David is inseparable from his harp.
David and his harp = David and his soul.
David's harp is surely the most famous instrument on the face of whole earth. Famous like the most famous descendant of David, what President Trump said.
Now as for how many strings? There are a number of traditions, but truly the simple yet paradoxical number of strings of this most amazing harp of David is that:
There are no strings attached.
This post isn't mystical weirdness -- it's an important public service announcement.
I noticed and wondered about that but hadn't gotten as far as you.
It’s a lovely match.
Everyone knows about the connection. It’s one of those key elements of the Bible that no one has lost sight of from generation to generation.
Also relates to the word “lyric”, originating with the lyre.
The words to every song on earth are “lyrics”, showing just how much that harp really gets around, and that bad lyrics are playing pretend by being called lyrics.
“Bad lyrics” — oxymoron! :)
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