I have published in the blog I'm showing in this post my whole project 'Ballad of the Rose'. This project consists of an album with seven piano tracks and a poem with twenty illustrations.
In 2014 I started to illustrate/paint the Book of Psalms. I am posting here some few examples from that work. I made the illustrations mainly under the light of the exegesis Saint Augustine did on them in his bright work “Enarrationes in Psalmos” (Expositions on the psalms). In any case I'm deepening into the psalms with all the help I can get as well from readings like "The art of biblical poetry" by Robert Alter, "Interpreting the psalms" by Mark D. Futato, "Praying the psalms" by Thomas Merton, "Biblical geography" by Denis Baly, "The Symbolism of the Biblical World: Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Book of Psalms" by Othmar Keel, "Dictionary of Biblical Imagery" by Ryken/Wilhoit/Longman, and all kind of guides through the Old Testament.
Another author that influenced much this project is Mark C. Taylor and his theories on religion, art and architecture.
For this project I am using mainly the psalm's translations from "Biblia de Jerusalén" and "Nueva Biblia Española" in spanish. "New International Version", "NASB" in english.
Some samples: (all images Álvaro Barcala ©)
These are some few examples of the 302 illustrations I made at the beginning of 2014 during my stay in Portugal for the 302 christian mystic epigrams that form the first book of “The Cherubinic Pilgrim” (or Cherubinic Wanderer) written by Angelus Silesius in 1657.
(all images are copyrighted ©)
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).
"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:
I am continuing the serie of paintings "Interior Castle". This title is homonymous of a St Teresa of Ávila's book. Another books I'm finding inspiration from are the arthurian-medieval "Perlesvaus", "Parzival" by Eschenbach, "Perceval, le Conte du Graal" by Troyes, and such. I find many bonds between the symbolism of the arthurian Grail Castle and that Interior Castle of St. Teresa. This serie of paintings is closely related with the arthurian pencil drawings I am doing at the same time ("The Holy Wound" in the former post is one of them) for they belong to the same project.
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