..A Magazine for all Christians · Nº 19 · January - February 2003
Tasters from the King's Table
You Don't Dare, Painters
"You are the most beautiful of the children of men" (Psalm 45:2a)
most sublime figure never seen, the Man of antonomasia has been time and
again the object of inspiration for painters of varied styles, and with
different purposes and fortune.
are symbolic, objective and realist Christs, and others stylized almost
like sights. There are Byzantines, there are romantics. They correspond
to the ideal of an epoch, or a narrow, particular vision.
there are also, to the measure of the time, delicate and feminine "unisex"
figures of strange taste, true "models" of ambiguous beauty,
inspired by minds that know deviated men of today, but that don't know
the Christ of God.
any of them within God's secret so that He could reveal Christ to them?
Were some of them in Christ's agonies, so that they might come out with
a true vision? Before using their paintbrushes, did they stop to take
the sandals off their feet and to consult God about what they planned
to do? Did they fear to take the figure of God Himself, God incarnate,
the god of Power, Wisdom and Glory to the canvas?
without a doubt, none were within the secret, nor did they fear, nor did
they take off their sandals, nor did they request permission. But in their
ignorance, in their pretense, they dared. And their paintbrushes were
daubed for judgment.
don't dare, painters, to capture in that coarse cloth the indescribable
face of He whom we love without having seen. Of Him in whom believing,
without seeing, we are filled with indescribable and glorious joy.
dare us, painters, to profane His image that only the Holy Spirit is given
to engrave in the most intimate pleats of the hearts of His chosen ones.
dare us, painters, to poke into the secrets of God, and to trample underfoot
what the Father has wanted to hide. His Christ is still hidden from profane
eyes, so that those that really want to know him will look for him with
the eyes of the spirit, in the Father's heart; the only place where they
will truly find him.
You dare us, painters, that your paintbrushes should, after other figures had been impiously embezzled, be used in painting the very face of God.