LITTLE BROWN MUSHROOM BLOG

My great-great-great-great-great uncle Aert!

Posted in Flotsam by George Slade on January 11, 2010
While others sleep, a man is visited by an angel

"Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane" by Aert de Gelder (Dutch, 1645 - 1727)

Hey, Les. Check this out.

While his companions (the apostles Peter, James, and John) sleep in a garden, a troubled man (Christ, contemplating his imminent crucifixion) is consoled by an angel. Aert, who was a devoted student of Rembrandt, rendered the central figures with sympathy and focus, yet his view from within the woods, behind the insensible, indistinct mound of sleeping men, maintains distance. Was that skepticism? Modesty? Reverence? A man’s trials are his own, yet they need not be borne alone, and they are often witnessed and remarked on from afar. And yes, many of us late-night seekers long for an angel of deliverance.

There’s a feeling of a cave here, too, or at least a cove. So many of our LBMs suffer in silence. Did Aert depict their utopia?

I like the fact that he did Jesus in such a non-fussy way. Just another burdened fella trying to sort it all out.

Yrs,

One Response

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. LBM said, on January 12, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Hey Osage, check out this picture. I think Alec took it.

    http://littlebrownmushroom.tumblr.com/post/330799334/thomas-mertons-hermitage-at-gethsemanie


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: