podcast

'A Cup of Water and a Rose' by Francisco de Zurbarán

07/12/2012 11:20 am

'A Cup of Water and a Rose' by Francisco de Zurbarán

Francisco de Zurbarán - about 1630

Theme: ‘Contemplation of life and transcendence’

Fr James Hanvey SJ reflects on the layers of meaning that can be found in Francisco de Zurbarán's painting of 'A Cup of Water and a Rose' (dated around 1630):

"One of the themes that's running through this is, although very discreetly, is it's also about the Virgin Mary. She is the the rose, the Mystical Rose. The rose is also the symbol of our prayers that we offer. So we are invited into a different level of contemplation. I also like to think that in the ceramic beaker, filled with water, we are also having an illusion to Christ who is the Water of Life."

You can find out more about the painting by visiting the National Gallery's excellent website.

Share

You can share links to our podcasts on your facebook page, through twitter, or on your blog or website - Just use the icons at the top of this page.

Listen/Download

You can listen to or download the podcast from the top right-hand corner of the page.

Duration: 3m 12s

Link

catholicnews.org.uk/year-of-faith
Our special section celebrating the 'Year of Faith'

MP3

'A Cup of Water and a Rose'

Dr James Hanvey SJ looks at a work from around 1630: 'A Cup of Water and a Rose' by Francisco de Zurbarán   3-hanvey-cup-of-water-and-rose.mp3 4.45 MB