Thursday, October 15, 2009

It's been a while...

... since I presented a "Happy Prelate".

This painting by Hyacinthe Rigaud from the year 1708 is called "Cardinal De Bouillon opening the Holy Door". I don't really know if he was sitting while opening the Holy Door, but who cares. The sight of His Eminence in all his crimson splendor, silk train vividly wallowing towards the viewer, makes me cast away all doubt. The gentle smile and the rustling robes definitely earn him the "Happy Prelates"-tag.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the finest painting of its type I have ever seen. Thank you!