130 X 150 cm, Oil on canvas, 1996, "He saw a woman washing herself" / over Ein Karem, Jerusalem. By Ivan Schwebel The lines and movement have a story to tell. I love the triangular composition. Schewebel may be making an illusion to the love triangle of David, Bathsheba, and our own gaze: how we see her. How do we see her, do we blame or sympathize?
The figures represent artist David Jones & Petra Gill, marking their engagement in June 1924, when Petra was not quite 18. The title "The Garden Enclosed" alludes to Song of Songs 4:12. An enclosed garden is also frequently used as a symbol for the virginity of the Virgin Mary. The geese, sacred to the classical goddess Juno and associated with young girls, flee from the embracing couple, alarmed by their passion. The doll on the ground may symbolise lost childhood.
"David with the head of Goliath" c.1607 by Caravaggio (Milan 1571-Porto 1610). Oil on wood (91cmx117cm). Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. I Samuel 17:57: "When David came back after killing the Philistine, Abner took him and presented him to Saul with the Philistine's head still in his hand." Caravaggio had a noteworthy ability to express in one scene of unsurpassed vividness the passing of a crucial moment. He made the 'chiaroscuro' definitive.