religious transcendence

 

IF God compel thee to this destiny,
To die alone, with none beside thy bed
To ruffle round with sobs thy last word said
And mark with tears the pulses ebb from thee,--
Pray then alone, ' O Christ, come tenderly !
By thy forsaken Sonship in the red
Drear wine-press,--by the wilderness out-spread,--
And the lone garden where thine agony
Fell bloody from thy brow,--by all of those
Permitted desolations, comfort mine !
No earthly friend being near me, interpose
No deathly angel 'twixt my face aud thine,
But stoop Thyself to gather my life's rose,
And smile away my mortal to Divine ! '

 

-from 'A Thought For a Lonely Deathbed'
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Flagellation of Christ

The Flagellation of Christ, 1880

The Small and the Large of It

The nineteenth century was an era filled with a concern for the human condition.  Much of this sympathy for  unfortunate citizens centered around the church.   People felt that it was the place of the church to provide shelter, food, and spiritual guidance to the poor and needy.  Thus, religious paintings were in demand.  For those who painted to please the Salon, religious paintings which were ranked high.  During his career, Bouguereau received commissions to do decorations on churches around Paris.  His works there include churches such as St. Clotilde, St. Augustine, and St. Vincent de Paul.

St. Louis Rendering Justice
St. Louis
Rendering
Justice
1859


Christ Meeting His Mother on the Way to Calvary
Christ Meeting
His Mother
on the Way
to Calvary
1888
The Visitation
The
Visitation
1885


The Annunciation
The
Annuciation
1888
St. Louis Caring for the Plague Victims
St. Louis
Caring for
the Plague
Victims
1859
The Virgin With Angels
The Virgin
With Angels
1900
Virgin and Child
Virgin
and
Child
1888
First Mourning
First
Mourning
1888
The Thank Offering
The
Thank
Offering
1867

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