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Carl Sagan explains the logic behind the fourth dimensional hypercube/tesseract imagery used by Dalí in Corpus Hypercubis.

 

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Many Christians believe Dalí's (a devout Roman Catholic) Corpus Hypercubis is the most accurate rendition of Christ because it depicts Him as a 4-D being only partially perceived in three dimensions (Gala is viewing Christ from a 3-D platform placed on a 2-D checkerboard plane).

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Salome receiving the head of John the Baptist, by Carravagio. He did three versions of this event. JtB is a critical player in the Christmas narrative but is often underemphasized or overlooked entirely. A difficult character to understand or identify with.

 

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.Doing the a little bit of reading up on the painting, which I thought had a very twentieth century surreal feel to it, and apparently the internet also thinks so.

I know little of Jean Fouquet, the painter. But skimming through his works … I thought his work was impressive. He seems to be known for his Diptychs.

Regarding the model for Madonna turns out to be an interesting:

  • Agnes Sorel
  • Apparently she was renown for her beauty.
  • Was the first official royal mistress to the French King Charles VII, apparently up to that time they were unofficial.
  • She died at 28, during the birth of her fourth stillborn daughter;  it is speculated she may have been poisoned.
  • She was into haute couture, wearing dresses at court with low necklines and with one breast exposed.
  • Funnily enough this made her enemies at court, and her influence on the king likely did not help.

In the painting she has a Barbie doll waist and the right breast seems strangely located.

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12 hours ago, Burl said:

It's a fascinating painting.  I find the cinnabar and slate blue cherubs with the demonic wings unique.

Yes it is fascinating … and the back story of the model is also. Speaking of cinnabar … it has been postulated she died of mercury poisoning, intentional or otherwise in that mercury [compounds] were widely used as cosmetics at that time.

Also in the Christian tradition there are variety classes of angels. Up to ten according to Billy Graham. 

"The colours of the angels are most likely not coincidental. The three blue cherubs are believed to represent purity and air, while the six red seraphs are thought to symbolise love and fire. On closer scrutiny, it appears that just one group of angels actually touches Mary's throne." From

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