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24 August 2013

Thoughts on Saint Bartholomew

On the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Saint Bartholomew holds his own flesh, a testament to the tradition that he met martyrdom by flaying.  It is said that the great Michelangelo painted a self-portrait on the Saint's sagging body.  

And thus, the rub of the saints - and all Christians for that matter.  If, the Lord is God indeed, then Bartholomew does not live and reside on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but rather around all the altars of the Lord as the Eucharist is being celebrated.  Bartholomew joins in the heavenly choir with all the angels and saints to praise the Lamb upon the throne.

But if the Lord isn't, then Bartholomew is just a placeholder on the Chapel ceiling, a means to showcase an artist's plea that posterity remember not just his art, but his face too.

Which position is right?

Bartholomew (Nathaniel) tells us: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One of the most amazing paintings in Sistine Chapel.

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