The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (1601-2) by Caravaggio (1571 – 1610)
In this series of Easter themed paintings, I’ve chosen for today this vividly physical painting by Caravaggio where I feel the artist is pointing at my own faults of trying to see the great religious festival of Easter rather too literally. Whatever we might think about the Resurrection or any other miraculous happening, there is no escaping the brilliance of this masterpiece – part macabre, part humourous but entirely beautiful and full of humanity with Caravaggio’s dramatic use of light and colour. St. Thomas is making sure that there are no conjuring tricks involved in this particular Resurrection.
Maybe the music for Easter Day should have an element of mystery too so here is the Kyrie from the mass O Magnum Mysterium by Palestrina (1525 – 1594) . Performed here on a recording that I have had much pleasure listening to this year: The Sixteen with Harry Christophers
I’m going to be appearing with three of my fellow Ward Wood writers in Greenwich, London on 30th April. Come along if you can – it would be good to see you.
STEPHEN DEARSLEY’S SUMMER OF LOVE BY COLIN BELL
My novel, Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love, was published on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.
It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region’s Amazon site for Kindle orders)
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