A Trophy From Mars Hill-damaris (2 Of 18) by Clarence E. Macartney
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A Trophy from Mars Hill-Damaris
Clarence E. Macartney
Among the celebrated paintings of Raphael is one of
Paul preaching at Athens. The apostle is seen standing
on marble steps facing the temple of Mars, before
which is the statue of the god of war. Paul is shown
here not as a man of mean personal presence, as his
enemies at Corinth had intimated, but as a man of
commanding appearance. Both hands are uplifted as he
addresses the philosophers on the great theme of Jesus
and the Resurrection.
Just in front of Paul stands one of the Epicureans,
listening with rather a friendly countenance, and a
not hostile curiosity. His head is turned slightly to
one side. Next to the Epicurean stands a Cynic,
leaning on his crutch, his head resting on his hands
on top of the crutch, and in his face malignant anger
and disgust. To the right of him is a Stoic, his arms
folded under his mantle and his splendid head bowed
down. His eyes are closed, and he is absorbed in
Back of the Epicurean are two young men, one with a
look of supercilious scorn on his face, the other with
a look of disgust. To the right of the Epicurean is a
man whose head is bowed down. His countenance has the
appearance of one who is impressed with Paul's truth
and eloquence, but his pride prevents him from
confessing it. The forefinger of his right hand is
pressed against the upper lip, as if to impose silence
Immediately to the left of Paul is a young man with
outstretched hands pointing toward the apostle and
engaged in heated discussion with those around him.
Back of Paul are three figures, one a corpulent man
wearing a cap, his face heavy and sensual. In the
midst of this group of three is a magician, and
kneeling at his right is a man with a wicked,
malignant countenance whose expression would indicate
danger for the apostle.
At the extreme right, and at the oth ...
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