the martyr(s)

For the month of December, I am participating in Gwen Bell’s The Best of 2009 Blog Challenge. The challenge is to respond to a daily writing/photo prompt that reflects on this past year. Oh, and if you want to join me I would love to hear your stories and memories, leave a comment or a link to your site.

12/30: Ad. What advertisement made you think this year?
Museo del Fumetto (Italian Comics Museum) won a 2009 Silver CLIO Award for its collection of comics in a print advertising campaign. Three well-known paintings by Italian artist Andrea Mantegna and French artist Jacques-Louis David were used in the comic strips.
St. Sebastian – The Shot
“Saint Sebastian was a Christian saint and martyr from Milan, who is said to have been killed during the Roman emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians, in the year 288. Andrea Mantegna’s painting, The Martydom of St Sebastian, one of three on the same subject, can be found in the Louvre. With the addition of an apple and a new title, the painting becomes a comic.” – The Inspiration Room

The Waking Up

“Andrea Mantegna’s painting, The Lamentation over the Dead Christ, showed the crucified body of Jesus laid out on a marble slab, with mourners on the left. The new version adds an alarm clock, and removes the nail holes and the mourners.” – The Inspiration Room

The Bill

“The Death of Marat (La Mort de Marat) is a 1793 painting by Jacques-Louis David referring to the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat, killed in his bathtub during the French Revolution by Charlotte Corday. David painted his friend shortly after his death on July 13, 1793. The note in the painting has been transformed into a room service bill.” – The Inspiration Room

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