the Ecstasy of a Dying Sinner

danteDante (above depicted) embodies a flamboyant character whose obsession with immortality paradoxically results in a suicide much as tragic as it is immoral and histrionic for those he leaves behind to bear the burden of continuously remembering him.

The sketch, vaguely reminiscent of J.J. Sargent’s (my modesty knows no limits), captures this exceedingly egoistic, self-assertive carnivorous man in a singular moment of fragility before he’s claimed by a most peaceful death which doesn’t, however, erase elusiveness off his face. Like Bernini’s St. Theresa, I fancy my Dante conveys a facial expression that equally mixes ecstasy with anguish, voluptuousness with sheer agony and just the dose of ambiguity to play the binder. All transpiring through an allegedly beauteous body meant to have the viewer respond to its attractiveness so as to reveal the intriguing effect of an experience no being escapes.

Ecsasy of St. Theresa

Amusingly, though, the actual thoughts that passed Dante’s brain seconds prior to his demise strive to deliver a whole other idea than his equivocal mien might bring to mind…

If interested to better understand what’s this about you can check “Vicious“, a smart & titillating novella of heartbreaking illusions and self-induced decay Dante does his best to monopolize.

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24 responses to “the Ecstasy of a Dying Sinner

  1. The thought of reading “VICIOUS” evokes feelings of both eagerness and great trepidation … proper foreshadowing of the agony & ecstacy that awaits us below the cover. I look forward to a powerful ride.


  2. Hi Patricia! Thank you so much for following my blog and for your comment. I love Achilles..just finnished reading “The Song Of Achilles” by Madeline Miller. Have you read it? it’s excellent! Your blog looks wonderful..happy to found you in the blogging world πŸ™‚ Good night!

    • I’ve actually read it a mere 3 months ago and utterly enjoyed Miller’s modern twist of the classic poem! Achilles is by far my favorite since I first heard of Homer’s epic and this novel version really enthralled me. πŸ™‚

  3. I title your art… spoiler alert? πŸ˜› Seriously, superb and dramatic work. I love that you do art for your novels. I was once going to do an entire graphic novel by myself– but discovered quickly that there is a reason why most people don’t do it that way. πŸ™‚ Your blog layout is really beautiful.

    I will have a link back here, only because you have inspired me to an extensive diatribe on vampire ethics and generational differences– though I like to think it happens over wider eras where the gestalt of an era is more noticeably different. For example, while those who hail from the 1920’s might have different tastes, terms and looks– but they think remarkably like those who live now. Reading the various popular nostrums of those who observe the society in which they live– you can hear the same echoes of things we still say to ourselves today, which I think gives you a flavor for how an undying one might reflect the times more generally than a human would.

    Egad. I haven’t thought about this stuff in years, and it’s like I never left. πŸ™‚

    • Always thrilled to contribute positively in the development of one’s ideas! I tend to agree with you, that an immortal can convey more of the nature of the human race than the very men who compile it. He would, after all, be able to follow how society, belief and science mould essential features of people’s minds from age to age.

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.

  5. Wow! These pieces are absolutely amazing and I love how you describe It: “…facial expression that equally mixes ecstasy with anguish, voluptuousness with sheer agony…” So beautiful and captivating.

    • Merci beaucoup!My art has always developed from a background of words to match it and if you do find it of any value stay tuned for these days I’m going to post something a lot more intricate & thus far better. πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Patricia, thank you for visiting Awesome blog. you are a very talented writer! Thought provoking and brilliantly written post!

  7. “My modesty knows no limits” – love that! I’m smiling at your creativity – intriguing thoughts and artwork make me want to read more. Thanks for visiting my blog as well.

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