For all the interest of such lesser-known names as Filippo Tarchiani--with a serene and intimate Pieta with Two Angels from Pistoia Cathedral--and Orazio Mochi --with a richly polychromed set of the Four Evangelists
in marble, lapis lazuli, and a variety of coloured hardstones--the absolute highlights of this sequence of rooms had to be two altogether more familiar works: Mariotto Albertinelli's poignant and faultlessly balanced Visitation from the Uffizi itself, and Fra Bartolomeo's God the Father Blessing with St Mary Magdalen and St Catherine of Siena from Lucca (Fig.
In this manuscript illustration, a regal Christ is surrounded by the traditional emblems of the four evangelists
, a symbology inspired by the living creatures described in the visionary language of the Prophet Ezekiel (1:5-14) and the Book of Revelation (4:6-8).
But before we explore Luke's narrative, it's important to note something the four evangelists
have in common: There's almost no mention of Jesus' physical suffering.
Christ and the four Evangelists
look down on diners from the window, as do 20 carved stone angels playing instruments above the stalls.
Easter Gospels: The Resurrection of Jesus according to the Four Evangelists
The garden includes a 12ft Celtic cross and four Canon Tables creating a screen, each representing one of the four evangelists
, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The reliefs displayed beneath the seven large statues included works in bronze (a dozen music-playing angels, symbols of the four Evangelists
, Christ as the Man of Sorrows, and four Antonine narratives) and stone (an Entombment of Christ and four other relief figures that are now lost).
The four evangelists
of the New Testament just don't seem popular when it comes to people asking for miracles.
In this great work the whole of the Christian world--the communion of saints, the apostles, the four evangelists
, martyrs, prophets, and even the cardinal virtues--stream in from the four corners of the earth to worship before the fountain of the water of life and the paschall lamb, who stands serenely on an altar, a small stream of its blood spilling neatly into a waiting chalice.
None of the four evangelists
had ever come into contact with the historical Jesus.
Hirst's imagination has plainly been marked by his Catholic upbringing--recent works deal with the Holy Ghost, the Four Evangelists
, the Apostles and St Sebastian.
In the same way that believers conflate in their memory and imagination the differing infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke at Christmastime, there is a tendency also to meld the varying details and theologies of the four evangelists
into one coherent version of the passion.