If you blur your eyes for a moment, you’re in a different world: the world of impossible beauty (angels) and unfortunately conceivable horror (the demons). There’s so much gold that it creates its own pattern in the negative spaces. Or should I say positive spaces? Heaven seems more real than earth.
You learn to recognize the angels quickly. Michael tends to have black wings and red shoes. Gabriel has the lily, and the other one is Raphael.
There are other angels as well. This memorial, composed of padlocks and silk, holds the names of women, gay and trans people murdered during domestic abuse.
Now on to the demons, and the in-betweens.
I found the coffin set in a wall, surmounted by scenes of damnation, in Santa Croce. If they couldn’t get piety, apparently horror would do fine.
I do like the in-betweens. Play the game like you did as a child: if only I were strong as a lion, could fly, could get rid of my enemies… and you get this Etruscan manticore… or is it a gryphon?
And now for some liminal self portraits, to add to the spooky ambience of October. Sometimes I did feel that I was the ghostly visitor, and the past was the living thing. Suzanne
2 thoughts on “Saltworkstudio Florence: Halos, Angels, Demons, and the In-Betweens”
Dear Suzanne, I have so very much enjoyed your posts from Florence. You should really (seriously) consider teaching aRt history. I loved all the images and your commentary. Never been there but now I really must go. Thank you so much for sharing! Love, me
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Thank you. I just try to make connections that will work inside me to nourish my own painting. It is the art student in me. I didn’t go to art school – I learned poetry instead, which Lives right next-door to painting