Sunday, April 8, 2018

Last Artist Standing

The Woman of Samaria

As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.

I like picking up old Bible to see what abuse people put them through and I found one recently which was really nice as it has a dictionary, a study help, the family tree in it and loads of paintings. The nice part in this King James Version from the World Publishing Company of America in 1962 is that the paintings are not the typical Christian artists which are not very good.

The above painting The Woman of Samaria by Professor William Dyce of Scotland of the Scottish School, which is displayed at the Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery is one of the finest paintings I have every seen.
To put it mildly, William Dyce is what would be called a photographic artist, in the details in his works are phenomenal in he lived from 1806 to 1864, and he makes Davinci look like "Can you draw this girl" on the back of a match book.

What struck me were the colors, but that the character of Jesus in the painting looked just like Christoph Sanders, a homeschooled child who is best know for his brilliant portrayal of Kyle in Tim Allen's Last Man Standing.


 In comparing the two I wonder of this versatile actor's roles if given the opportunity, as the Bible characters he could define, and I think of him as Spike in Cowboy Bebop of Japanese anime, with his co actress love interest who lights up the screen in the roles she could be cast in, in Biblical adaptations.

I wonder who the Scott was that William Dyce used as a model to create his Christ, who in all honesty is close to the Josephus description and the reality that Jesus was a Galilean, known by speech and appearance, as three tribes came back from captivity in Benjamin who Esther was part of, Levi and Judah. As the Bible states, King David was ruddy, or he was a red head, and Benjamin like Joseph were the sons of Rachel, whose father was named Laban, which means "white". Galileans were blondish with light eyes, and as the Scots declare in their Declaration of Arboath, they are one of the Lost 10 Tribes.

The Woman of Samaria I believe is Dyce's best work, although the colors in the King Arthur series in fresco's are wonderful too. This last example is David in the Wilderness, which again is a painting of definition and scope. As Stephanie laughed at me when I said I hated reading in school because of all of the worthless books I was forced to read, I never have been appreciative of artists, as they were all not quality in the masters we were told to adore. Dyce is different in he has a real gift in his finest works which none of the masters can rival.