Joan Of Arc-Sovereign

The artist should paint her spirit -- then he could not fail to paint her body aright. She would rise before us then, a vision to win us, not repel: a lithe young slender figure, instinct with "the unbought grace of youth," dear and bonny and lovable, the face beautiful, and transfigured with the light of that lustrous intellect and the fires of that unquenchable spirit. ......she is easily and by far the most extraordinary person the human race has ever produced. Mark Twain

Joan of Arc Oil on Canvas 48x24 in.
Was she Genius or Saint asks Fabian Socialist George Bernard Shaw in his play Saint Joan or in her seeming insanity did a larger sanity encounter the status quo questions Poet Li-Young Lee. Was Joan of Arc the first Individualist at a time when only acquiescence to the Catholic community counted? Francoise Meltzer writes insightfully on this subject in her book For fear of the fire: Joan of Arc and the limits of subjectivity.
The biography of Joan of Arc continues to be relevant to our modernity that is distant yet similar to her own, mirroring the continued struggle to maintain personal and social liberty. I think Jane Marie Pinzino has gleaned the seminal theme from the life of Joan of Arc: "FREEDOM--freedom in three senses, the political freedom of a people, the spiritual freedom of the individual and the perfect freedom of God." I humbly add my painting along side those of other artists homages offered to the living legacy of Joan of Arc.

1 comment:

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