Caught an odd movie last night based on Pieter Bruegel's famous Flemish painting circa 155? a.d. "Procession to Calvary". The Rutger Hauer character had spoken about how much goes on right before mankind's eyes that remains unnoticed, that their attentions are always diverted to the inconsequential. He sought to build this masterpiece in similar fashion, interconnected much like a spider's web, drawing inward, left and right, life and death towards Jesus' central procession. The Father looks down from the deck of His wind mill on a steep jagged rock high above in the upper center. The crowds attention below however is drawn toward the Simeon character instead of the Christ. The children are playing nearby unawares, amorous lovers are loving, royalty posing regally, and the town merchants are walking right by unconcerned on their way to market. The occupying Roman soldiers are for this era Spanish. All in all, Christ's Passion is barely even a curiosity. It was surreal being able to step visually into this picture. First glance at this painting and you wouldn't even know that it was about Christ. Would the painting be much different if painted in our day I wonder?
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