Monday, May 23, 2011
Magpie Tales 67
Banquet Scene with a Lute Player by Nicolas Tournier, 1625
Characters, left to right
Nicolas Tournier, French Baroque painter, 1590-1639
la Serveuse (waitress)
Claudio Monteverdi, Italian opera composer, 1567-1643
Sybille de la Tour, Georges's younger sister
Georges de la Tour, French Baroque painter, 1593-1652
Monteverdi: Now, do you see changing from the major key of C to the key of A minor creates an entirely different mood? And if you were to use a more agitated tempo, the mood changes once again?
de la Tour (who has been playing the lute to please his guests): Nicolas, don't you feel we're doing the same thing with light? Placing some characters in darkness and others in light reveals something of the soul of those characters?
Tournier: Exactly. It gives a contemplative feel to the painting.
de la Tour: You know, Pascal says in his Pensees that the beginning and end are concealed from man in an impenetrable secret. When we paint shrouds of black, that is the unaware blindness; when we paint streams of light, that is the illuminated consciousness.
Sybille: I feel as though I am in the light, that I am aware, and that this sense of enlightenment is only heightened by looking through the eye loup at the ray of light beaming down on me.
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