In search for Eden Garden...
These are the first drawings of the series "The Golden Garden" I am working on. Along the upcoming drawings I will be developing a world relating Arthurian Legends, Alchemy and Christian Iconology.
Books are my main source of inspiration. During the last two years I've become aware that I have been doing my readings in three different lines and that those lines are intimately linked (Arthurian Myths, Neoplatonic-Christian Mysticism, Christian Iconology):
As for Arthurian Myth my readings have been based in books by Chrétien de Troyes (Perceval, The story of the grail / Yvain, the Knight of the Lion / Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart / Erec and Enide), Wolfram von Eschenbach (Parzival), Geoffrey of Monmouth (Historia Regum Britanniae), The Pearl Poet (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight), Anonimus (Perlesvaus), The Didot Perceval, Robert de Boron (Joseph d'Arimathe / Merlin), The Prose Lancelot, Thomas Malory (Le Morte d'Arthur), Roger Sherman Loomis (The Grail, from Celtic Myth to Christian Symbol), Geoffrey Ash (The discovery of King Arthur, Merlin)...
As for Mysticism: Plotinus, Saint Augustine, Meister Eckhart, Angelus Silesius, Saint Teresa of Ávila, San Juan de la Cruz, Hildegard von Bingen, Hugh of Saint Victor, etc. / and christian thought with not a necessarily mystic approach: Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Anselm, Duns Scoto, St. Thomas Aquinas...
As for Chistian Iconology: André Grabar (The Process of Creation in Christian Iconography / The Beginnings of Christian Art / The Origins of Medieval Aesthetics), Erwin Panofsky (Studies in Iconology / Saturn and Melancholy/ Life and Art of Albrecht Dürer), Cesare Ripa (Iconology), Robin Cormack (Byzantine Art / Icons), Solrunn Nes (The Mystical Language of Icons), Hans Belting (Image and Cult / Anthropology of the Image), Juan F. Esteban Lorente (Iconography Treatise).
Most of the books related with medieval arthurian legends I have read have found light thanks to editors-publishers like Victoria Cirlot, Luis Alberto de Cuenca and Jacobo Siruela.
-Without PUBLIC libraries, my personal and professional developing would have been totally imposible (I really can't imagine how this world would be if everything would be privatized)-
"The Holy Wound". 100X70 cm (39.37 X 27.55 inches). Graphite and white chalk on paper:
"The Fruit of Prayer". 32X24 cm (12.59 X 9.44 inches). Graphite and acrylic on paper:
"The Rose, Faith and the Scent of the Unseen". 32X24 cm (12.59 X 9.44 inches). Graphite and acrylic on paper:
fragments (click on them to see them bigger):
"The Red Cathedral" (done between 2013-2014) is a book in which I have drawn the iconography I found on the walls of a Red Cathedral I discovered deeply buried in my subconscious. The outcome of it has been nearly 230 drawings. These are just some few examples from that book:
All images: Álvaro Barcala ©
All images: Álvaro Barcala ©