sábado, março 19, 2011
Suffering humanity (kneeling couple and girl standing behind them): their pleas to the knight in shining armor (the man in golden armor with a sword) as the external driving force, compassion and ambition (the female figures behind the knight) as internal motivation moving him to take up the fight for happiness.
The hostile forces. The giant Typhoeus, against whom even the gods battle in vain (the monster with mother-of-pearl eyes extending across the entire front wall with his blue wings and snake-like appendages); his daughters, the three gorgons (the three women standing to the left of Typhoeus). Sickness, madness, death (the mask-like female heads above the gorgon heads). Lasciviousness, wantonness, intemperance (the group of three women to the right of Typhoeus. Intemperance wears a conspicuously ornamented blue skirt with applications of mother-of-pearl, bronze rings, etc.). Gnawing grief (the woman cowering on the right in the picture). The yearnings and desires of humankind fly past them.
The yearning for happiness finds appeasement in poetry (the female figure with the lyre).
The arts lead us into an ideal realm, the only place where we can find pure joy, pure happiness, pure love (the five women, of which the upper three point to the last scene illustrating Schiller's Ode to Joy). Choir of angels in paradise. "Joy, thou gleaming spark divine. This kiss to the whole world!" (concluding scene with women's choir and embracing couple).
Gustav Klimt, Beethoven Frieze, daqui.
posted by Luís Miguel Dias sábado, março 19, 2011