Thursday, June 13, 2013

THE KEISKAMMA ALTARPIECE





Do you all know of the Keiskamma altarpiece? I didn't, until last week.

Above are a couple of youtubes telling its story.

Here's more info from the Fowler Museum at UCLA, where the altarpiece visited.

Here's a wonderful essay by Barbara Hinze, from the American Medical Association's Journal of Ethics, entitled "Saint Anthony's Fire and AIDS: Two Altarpieces and the Oft-Forgotten Goals of Medicine."

DETAIL, ISENHEIM ALTARPIECE,
MATTHIAS GRÜNEWALD,
AFTER WHICH THE KEISKAMMA WAS MODELED

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful and heart wrenching - and we in the West live in the midst of plenty while these people whose menfolk often must work away from their families for extended periods are caught in the trap of disease and poverty.
    Stephen Sparrow

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  2. What creativity can flow out of suffering. The panels are beautiful. I have always said that South Africans are among the most creative people in the world. You should see some of our adverts on TV - they can move you to tears! They are inspiring, funny, touching and amazingly creative.

    I live in the Eastern Cape and Keiskammahoek is not far from where i live, but I had never heard of this piece. I wonder if you have many other South African readers?

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  3. Thanks, Stephen and Jane...so glad you saw the heart-wrenching beauty here, too, and I love the story of the doctor who came up with the idea to help the women make money.

    Jane, I consulted by little world map doohickey on the blogger stats and by the looks of it, you may well be the sole reader from South Africa! I'm proud to say Germany is quite well represented for some odd reason. China, Japan, the Philippines, Russia and a bunch of others also host SOF readers...love the sound of S. African advertisements!

    Stephen, thank you, always.

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