Friday, July 14, 2006

Pieta


This is a drawing of mine from almost a year ago. It is, obviously, a study of Michelangelo's Pieta. It seemed appropriate given the title of this blog.

Why the title? If it is true that theology arises from doxology, then given the radical embodiedness implied by Christ's incarnation, theology cannot remain purely abstract but must express itself in tangible things like statues or icons. This isn't free of danger, but neither was the incarnation, as the Pieta itself makes quite clear.

2 comments:

Abbey Mole said...

But, do I misunderstand you, or is the comparison of "danger" little other than a play on words/ideas?

PresterJosh said...

Well, the play on words suggested serious ideas.

The humility of Christ in the Incarnation paralleling his humility in the Blessed Sacrament, artistic depictions, the "Body of Christ" and other incarnational aspects.