Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Art for Souls tour to Tate Britain - Review

The theme of this months Art for Souls tour at the Tate Britain was Motherhood.

The Tate is not well known for it's collection of religious paintings so it was quite a different experience looking at secular art and then having Father de Malleray draw upon them to share Catholic teaching with the group.

In brief the tour went from the heights of the idealism of Motherhood as exemplified in the statue by Hamo Thornycroft "The Kiss" (above), and then descended into fallen humanity, it's effect on Motherhood as exemplified in the trio of paintings by Augustus Leopold Egg "Past and Present No. 1, 2 & 3".
Augustus Leopold Egg, ‘Past and Present, No. 1’ 1858Augustus Leopold Egg, ‘Past and Present, No. 2’ 1858Augustus Leopold Egg, ‘Past and Present, No. 3’ 1858
Rising to it's restored and even greater dignity in Our Blessed Lady in William Dyce's "St John Leading Home his Adopted Mother"
 William Dyce, ‘St John Leading Home his Adopted Mother’ 1844-60
and finally on to the great motherhood of the Church in John Martin's "The Plains of Heaven"
John Martin, ‘The Plains of Heaven’ 1851-3
There were a great deal more paintings pondered and commented upon, it was a profound and moving meditation, and we look forwards to the next.

If you have been to any London galleries and have spotted an interesting theme that you are interested in, why don't you let us know, or if you were there and you would like to add anything, please add a comment.

All photos courtesy of the Tate Britain website

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