Die “Kalte Sophie” und der Heilige Geist – eine Eisheilige oder eine große Schöpfungsgöttin?

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Mit der „Kalten Sophie” sollen am 15. Mai ja die sogenannten Eisheiligen beendet sein. Dazu gibt es zahlreiche Bauernregeln.
Stellt sich die Frage, wer diese kühle Frauenfigur ist.
Sophia wird von JüdInnen und gnostischen ChristInnen als allumfassender Geist, als Schöpferin allen Lebens verehrt. Sophia ist der Anfang der Schöpfung, die uralte biblische „Frau Weisheit”, jene göttliche Kraft, die

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Painting and the Unconscious: Carl Gustav Carus 1

Teil 1 einer sehr schön gemachten Reihe über die Arbeit von Carl Gustav Carus – geteilt von dem wunderbaren Blog „The Eclectic Light Company“

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I hadn’t realised that Caspar David Friedrich had at least one pupil, and a rather unusual one at that: Carl Gustav Carus (1789–1869), who when he was learning to paint was already a professor of obstetrics in Dresden, Germany. This and the next article look at the remarkable polymath Carus and his paintings.

Carus was a Renaissance man: an eminent obstetrician and gynaecologist who ran obstetric services in the city of Dresden, a botanist and zoologist who influenced Darwin, a physiologist and pioneer psychologist who helped develop the concept of the unconscious, a friend and influence of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and, as we shall see, a highly accomplished painter of Romantic ‚Gothic‘ landscapes.

Carus first trained as a medical practitioner, but during those years also seems to have taken drawing classes. When he was appointed professor of obstetrics in Dresden in 1814, he started to concentrate on painting in…

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Painting Goethe’s Faust: Introduction to a new series

Teil 1 einer sehr interessanten Serie über Goethe’s Geschichte von Faust und dessen Abbildung in Gemälden!

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Narrative painters in the nineteenth century seldom painted contemporary stories, taken from the great and popular authors of that century, such as Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, or Émile Zola. The exception to this is Goethe’s Faust, which was first published in 1808. By the middle of the century, it had acquired the status of a classic, and depictions were deemed fit for even the most academic of narrative artists.

Faust as published by Goethe isn’t a novel or epic poem, but a play written in rhyming verse. It comes in two parts: the first, which is the more familiar, was published in final form in 1828-29, and tells the story of Faust, his pact with the devil, and Faust’s lover Margarete or Gretchen (a familiar form of the name).

Part two tells of a series of fantastic adventures of Faust in five acts, which are far less well-known and seldom…

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