When the day of Pentecost had come . . . there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house.
The description of the arrival of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:1-21 is vivid, dramatic, and powerful. The rush of a violent wind, tongues of fire, bewilderment and astonishment dominate the narrative.
Artists have been seeking ways to depict the vivid, dramatic, and powerful narrative for more than 1000 years. I’ve seen many that bring about astonished emotions in me. A relatively recent painting has my attention lately. Estella Lousia M Canziani’s Pentecost is captivating. I view and ponder the art and several questions come to mind.
- How is the swirling wind affecting the people?
- I see fear, worry, pain, serenity, and awe. What other emotions to do you see?
- How does the fire and wind woven together change your image of Pentecost?
- What does this painting feel like?
What questions does the art bring to you?