Danse Macabre

Based on the medieval painting subject and the song by Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns .

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The constellations include Cancer, Scorpio, Lyre (reminiscent of my painting of David and his lyre), Hercules, Canis Minor, and Aries. The crab is the monster that pinched Hercules in the foot while he was fighting the Hydra. Hera later  rewarded him by placing him in the sky. I was also born a Cancer 🙂 and my parents are both Scorpios .

Saint-Saëns’ music can be heard in the attached ice skating video.

Revelation 21:4 : ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

“I am the one star that keeps burning, so brightly,
It is the last light, to fade into the rising sun….

…I am the one voice in the cold wind, that whispers
And if you listen, you’ll hear me call across the sky” -Remember Me by Josh Groban for the movie Troy.

“And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone.”
― Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

 

The Seven Deadly Sins

The complete compilation

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The Wrath of Alexander – Deadly Sin #1

The Excess of Dionysus – Deadly Sin #2

The Lust of La Païva – Deadly Sin #3

Iago’s Envy – Deadly Sin #4

Jezebel’s Greed – Deadly Sin #5

Arachne’s Pride – Deadly Sin #6

The Lazy Stepsister – Deadly Sin #7

The Lazy Stepsister – Deadly Sin #7

Deadly Sinner #7 : The lazy stepsister as well as procrastinating college students

In Romania, Ion Creanga collected and wrote many traditional folk tales with wise, moral endings. One of them was Fata babei si fata mosneagului, the story of a one hardworking and one lazy set of stepsisters. I have heard many versions of this story where the hardworking stepsister is rewarded for her hard work while the lazy stepsister is either punished for her laziness or enlightened to see the error of her ways.

The background is a traditional Romanian woven rug that can sometimes be hung on walls.

*Image inspired from a Pinterest model

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Arachne’s Pride – Deadly Sin #6

Deadly Sinner #6 : Arachne

Arachne was a talented weaver who produced some of the finest cloth in all of Ancient Greece. But soon pride and arrogance crept into her head (Greek Hubris) and she boasted that she was a better weaver than Athena herself! Athena then set up a tapestry making competition with Arachne. Arachne used this opportunity to mock the gods in her tapestry pictures. In a violent rage, Athena transformed Arachne into a the first spider.

And for thousands of years,  Arachnids have been weaving webs in the corners of our houses, our basements and our attics.

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Jezebel’s Greed – Deadly Sin #5

Deadly Sinner #5 : Jezebel (by proxy of her husband King Ahab)

In 1 Kings 21, Ahab asks Naboth to give him his vineyard to add to the palace grounds but Naboth refuses him. When Jezebel finds out, she falsely accuses Naboth of blasphemy so he can be sentenced to death. She then seizes his land to add to land that she and her husband already clearly have enough of hence the keys that she grabs in this image of her.

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2 Kings 9:30-37 New King James Version

So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered on the wall and on the horses; and he trampled her underfoot. 34 And when he had gone in, he ate and drank. Then he said, “Go now, see to this accursed woman, and bury her, for she was a king’s daughter.” 35 So they went to bury her, but they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands. 36 Therefore they came back and told him. And he said, “This is the word of the Lord, which He spoke by His servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, ‘On the plot of ground at Jezreel dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel;[a] 37 and the corpse of Jezebel shall be as refuse on the surface of the field, in the plot at Jezreel, so that they shall not say, “Here lies Jezebel.”’”

Iago’s Envy – Deadly Sin #4

Deadly Sinner #4 : Iago

In Shakespeare’s play Othello, Iago hated the Moor. Out of hatred, envy and spite he conspired against his master Othello leading to events that ended in tragedy.  Inspired also by the green light in The Great Gatsby, I made Iago look out of Venetian windows with jealousy.

Iago’s dialogue in the play is also the first time the term “green eyed monster” appeared as an expression in English. And green has been associated with jealousy ever since.

*Image based on a still from the 2004 film The Merchant of Venice

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