The easy grace, a self-possessed and clear-eyed confidence, organically natural in place, with a touch of curiosity open to something new just beginning, ready for motion towards it, but also comfortable where he stands, innocent yet with a depth of capacity to charge and bear, the acme of form of one culture and lineage plastic to express the evolving openness of the next. He knows his mission, and he is sizing up the odds. He is unsure about the outcome, but he knows he must play the game, fight the fight, and leave it all on the field. And yet he intuits the outcome, his eventual success, and from that he gets his confidence.
Michelangelo’s La Pieta
After “It is finished, the dread mysterious sacrifice, offered by God’s martyred body for the world“, there is peace in the submitted, yet seemingly still capable body of Jesus, and there is acceptance in the muted grief of Mary in the reception of the remains of the instrument.
Wat Pho’s Reclining Buddha
Packed! The room is packed with Buddha-consciousness, absolutely crammed, with no room for anything else. He has spanned and pervaded all space, both literally through the symbol of the statue and spiritually through his dense peace.
Reminded me of this line from Savitri:
Self’s vast spiritual silence occupies space
Tellingly, a few lines later we have:
One was within thee who was self and world,
What hast thou done for his purpose in the stars?
Escape brings not the victory and the crown!
Praxitelean Aphrodite or Venus de Medici
Graceful beauty with a confident poise, a purposeful gait caught mid-step, a gesture of modesty not for herself but rather to aid the intruder, on a mission to show and shower beauty on earth.
van Gogh’s The Harvest
The wheel draws the eye to the center and then the cart shafts guide it to the right, and the gentle lines where the fields meet traverse gracefully back and forth, broken by the farm houses in perspective, towards the hills on the horizon. The pyramid of hay is the counterweight to the stretching fields. The thicket and the fences balance the peaceful sky. The farmer in the foreground and the sundry farmhands in the background work at an easy pace. The red cart is a reminder of work still to be done, and the sunlit path at the bottom shows the way home for a night of rest.
The colors, the technique, the composition: all speak of great mastery and deep communion in the balance between Nature and man. Very peaceful – connects one to the source of human civilization based on the bounty of a shaped Nature.