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Tintoretto and the Reform of the Church

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 13, 2018 .

At the close of a long session of walking and musing through the National Gallery of Art, I was drawn by an empty and comfortable-looking couch situated at the end of one of the galleries. Plopping down to rest, I looked up at the picture right in front of me, which was Tintoretto’s depiction of Christ at the Sea of Galilee. The drama at the center of the composition is the Apostles’ boat, buffeted by choppy waves, and St. Peter taking a gingerly, tentative step onto the bounding main at the invitation of the Lord who beckons to him. My seated posture conduced toward contemplation, and I spent a good deal of time with this painting, first admiring the obvious technical skill of the painter, especially in the rendering of the water, but eventually moving to a deeper perception of its spiritual theme, of particular resonance today.

Tintoretto y la Reforma de la Iglesia

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 12, 2018 .

Cuando concluía una larga sesión de paseo y cavilaciones en el National Gallery of Art, fui arrastrado por un diván que se veía cómodo y vacío, situado al fondo de una de las galerías. Al sentarme para descansar, mire a la pintura que tenía justo en frente mío: una representación de Cristo en el mar de Galilea por Tintoretto. El drama al centro de la composición del cuadro es la barca de los apóstoles, zarandeada por las olas; y San Pedro, dando un pasito cauteloso, tímido hacia la invitación que el Señor le dirige. Mi postura me condujo a la contemplación, y me quedé un buen rato con la pintura, primero admirando la maestría del pintor, especialmente su reproducción del agua, pero finalmente me fui moviendo a una percepción más profunda del tema espiritual, de tanta importancia hoy en día.