Thursday, August 21, 2014

One of the saddest paintings

Masaccio's Expulsion from Eden is one of the saddest images I've ever seen. It appears on the walls of Brancacci Chapel in the church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence. The painting is mentioned, only briefly, in my current manuscript, and sends me to a melancholy place whenever I see it. Look at Eve's face - such despair. And Adam - so much regret. So much.

The painting is quite rudimentary but speaks in volumes to me. Do you have a photograph or piece of art that evokes a passionate response?

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