Is it always about beauty that draws you to a creative work? Or is it that they have to have meaning for you at some level. An interesting thing to consider is what attracts you to some art works and what repels you in others. This perhaps gives you also a clue to something about yourself. When you resonate strongly with a particular work – what gift inherent with in the work have you received?
I’d like to share with you an artwork that I connected with so deeply it moved me to tears. The scene was at the Vatican home to many of the worlds greatest art works. I was in the Basilica, gazing in awe at the massive scale of Bernini’s bronze altar canopy and the huge frieze of the stations of the cross lining the walls.
Then noticing a rather large crowd, I pushed my way to the front to see what everyone was gawping at. Well, I was absolutely blindsided by a work of such beauty and presence, I was literally rooted to the spot, tears coursing down my cheeks and utterly overwhelmed.
Words or pictures just cannot describe the power of Michelangelo’s Pieta. It was not about the religious content it was the power of the emotion that emanated from the ‘living’ marble of this sculpture. The awesome experience of someone reaching across the centuries and impacting my life on such a heart felt level. I had seen pictures of this work many times before of course but the experience of it was utterly amazing to me. This work of art is filled with beauty on so many levels. A gift from one soul to another that transcends all boundaries – this is what truly great art can achieve.