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#437845 - 06/11/13 05:49 PM saw my old avatar
traveler Offline

Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 3700
Loc: somewhere in Africa
today i saw my old avatar in person - it was a very moving experience. in a way it was almost like looking at old photos of me as a boy - emotional in a weird way - both distant and very personal. the painting is "Abraham sacrificing Isaac" by Caravaggio. the part of the painting i used when i first came to MS was the face of Isaac and the hand of Abraham on his neck. it expressed the fear and sense of helplessness that i felt at the time.

now i look at it and think - yeah, that used to be me - but i've grown beyond it. i like my new avatar much better - "David with the head of Goliath." unfortunately, that painting wasnpt in the gallery we toured today. but another one that was pretty good was - Reni's version of the same scene:

it is not bad as a substitute - but not my preferred vision. - David seems too nonchalant and jaunty - whereas Caravaggio's version is more resolute and purposeful - but also somber and aware of the magnitude of what has just transpired - as though he might still be haunted by the memories for years to come.

we saw several other versions of Davids too - including Michelangelo's - which - though it is incredible and noble and heroic - just doesn't resonate with my understanding of an adolescent who faced impossible odds - and succeeded in overcoming.

anyway - amazing day - and experience - and glad to say i am identifying with David now - instead of Isaac!

"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself... And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." - Paulo Coelho

#437860 - 06/11/13 09:09 PM Re: saw my old avatar [Re: traveler]
pufferfish Offline

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
Thank you trav,

I enjoyed seeing these.


#437874 - 06/11/13 10:13 PM Re: saw my old avatar [Re: traveler]
cant_remember Offline

Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 1046
((((( Lee ))))))

I still recall our long-ago discussion on Caravaggio. So glad you are finding happiness in your life again.

Recovery is possible. Hang in there, brothers.

#437882 - 06/11/13 10:43 PM Re: saw my old avatar [Re: traveler]
ThisMan Offline

Registered: 01/22/13
Posts: 769
Loc: upper south
Lee.... I love and embrace your interpretation of these pieces and what they represent to you in your recovery. As Can't pointed out, you do sound happy in your life again. Safe journey, my friend.
For now we see through a glass, darkly.

#437899 - 06/12/13 02:53 AM Re: saw my old avatar [Re: traveler]
Publius Offline

Registered: 03/13/12
Posts: 440
Loc: OH
Always nice to see life imitating art especially in regards to the latter of these two pieces : )
"Life is like this dark tunnel. You may not always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you keep moving, you will come to a better place." ~ General Iroh

#438204 - 06/14/13 05:25 PM Re: saw my old avatar [Re: traveler]
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Registered: 05/16/12
Posts: 1159
Loc: ""

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