The Violoncello

The Violoncello

2011 – oil on canvas, 150×190 cm / 59×75 in

“Which beauty will save the world?” This was the question of Dostoevsky in his novel “The Idiot”. It is the question of the atheist Hippolit to Prince Myskin: “Is it true, Prince, that you said one day that the world will be saved by Beauty? But which beauty?” Myskin, who held with infinite compassion the hand of the young man who was dying at the age of 18, remained silent, underlining that the beauty which saves the world is the love which shares the pain.

Beauty is, in a sense, the visible expression of the good, as the good is the metaphysical condition for beauty. The harmony of Eurydice’s body echoes forever in the Violoncello which she leaves to her beloved Orpheus after her demise. The image of Eurydice in the Planet Venus is the message that the universe is filled with beauty and compassionate love. It is this beauty, illuminated by truth and justice in life which deeply touches our hearts.

According to the philosopher Teilhard de Chardin, humanity, after having discovered fire for its first stage of development, has to discover the forces of love for its second. The mystical transformation of Eurydice is the sign of a world to come, a message of consolation and hope: A loss which we consider irreplaceable can generate new strength and talents in ourselves.

As artists we are given the possibility of expressing the tangible parts of the intangible, of allowing the mysterious to be transformed into an image. The capacity to discover, create and illuminate something with the fire of beauty has an analogy with the beauty of Divine fire. There is an ethic, a spirituality of artistic creation which contributes to life and to the salvation of humanity. The perfect body of Eurydice is the embodiment of this spirituality.

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