Friday, March 19, 2004

Gratias Tibi Ago, Domine

Spem in alium numquam habui praeter in te, Deus Israel, qui irasceris et propitius eris et omnia peccata hominum in tribulatione dimittis. Domine Deus, Creator caeli et terrae, respice humilitatem nostram.

I have never put my hope in any other but in you, God of Israel, who will be angry and yet become again gracious and who forgives all the sins of suffering man. Lord God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, look upon our lowliness.
Lent is coming along. I haven't had much trouble keeping my Lenten promise of reciting one of the penitential psalms for meditation each night, although my meditation on each psalm hasn't been too thorough. I suppose that is what I must continue to work on. My sins are ever before my God, and yet He washes away all of my iniquities. He makes His place in my secret heart; a pure and contrite heart He will not scorn. From the depths of my dark nights, I cry out to Him, and He graciously hears me. He rescues me from my enemies and delivers me into His stronghold. My spirit belongs to Him. There is a beauty to when Christ called out in a great voice from the Cross, "Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit." He gave up His spirit.

How about for you all?

Thursday, March 18, 2004

I'm the Renaissance

You should know something about this, it's the Renaissance!
As for style, "...artists studied the natural world, perfecting their
understanding of such subjects as anatomy and perspective."
( They loved science-y things and labored for
perfection and harmonious beauty, a goal with which you
sympathize. You're probably pretty smart, too. Anal-retentive much?
Famous Renaissancers (lots!): Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, and You.

Which art movement are you?

this quiz was made by Caitlin

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Renaissance Music in 15th Century Painting

I saw this on Notes To Myself..., and I just had to blog about it here as well. A very interesting article about an original musical score discovered in Filippino Lippi's 15th century painting Madonna and Child with Singing Angels.

Scholars had long thought that the angels were holding a scroll on which the notes were painted randomly, with no relation to any music. Yet, while scrutinizing the score, Timothy McGee, professor emeritus in music at the University of Toronto, Canada, discovered that the painted score indeed contains unknown music....

"Unfortunately what we have is only the first half of the piece. The remainder is rolled up in the scroll at the foot of the angels. I searched all known manuscripts from the period and could not find this piece anywhere - so this is the only copy," McGee said.

The composition has been given its first full modern performance at the Florentine art exhibition. There, visitors can admire the painting and listen to the music at the same time.

"It is undoubtedly the first time this music has been heard in 500 years. It is a moving experience and takes us back in time, when the same angelic music was played in front of the painting, in a sort of multimedia experience," art historian Jonathan Nelson, the author of a recent monography on Filippino, told Discovery News.
Be sure to listen to the music piece!


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