Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Faith

This facing brick has as title 'the faith'. Many bricks have a religious nature, the display of personal faith was normal those days. Funny though that the link with nudity was no problem then, now adays sex and religion seem to be two no-combinations... :)

I did some research on facing bricks, there is this group in the Netherlands which preserves these bricks and stimulate to bring them back to their origional state, unfortunately only in Dutch.


Cezar and Léia said...

Fabulous post! I was wondering... it is not easy to put faith ( I mean to represent that )into a line or paiting or even sculpture or facing bricks.
By the way Marcel, I loved your comment in Luna's blog! You are always kind and gentle! Many thanks for your friendship!Your words and visit always make us happy and with a big smile in our "heart"!
a warm heart! :-)
Be always happy dear friend!
Léia ( and little Luna(from Brazil))

Halcyon said...

I am enjoying your "brick" series. Very interesting and informative.

Hilda said...

You're right about the nudity and religion. Funny, indeed.

I think it's wonderful that there's a group preserving these facing bricks. They seem to be unique to your culture and definitely worth preserving.

Julie said...

This facing brick brought into my head an image from Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" about a fallen woman and how she was hounded by the established church.

Nice set of bricks here, Marcel.

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

I am never surprised at the depiction of nudity or at least semi-nudity in allegorical and churchly art. When chastity was still upheld by all in public and by most in private, nudity did not immediately draw the mind of the viewer into fantasy, because people were not strangers to the human body or to death, as we now are.

Strangers to death, yes, but strangers to the human body? What can I mean by that?

Just as we have put death as far away from us as possible, except in the form of video games where people are slain by the score, or in action films; so we have put the human body and its proper use as far away from us as possible. We no longer know what it was made for—to be a temple of the Holy Spirit—and some of its most glorious parts we have hidden to be used in perverse ways, instead of using them rightly, for our honor and for God's glory.

Thanks for posting your wonderful photography, brother!