|John Milton, 11" x 15", acrylic|
According to Mr. Bañez, the scene of the Fall at the bottom of the painting, together with Milton himself, suggest enlightenment, while the fallen angel above Milton's head is an exponent of the "dark wisdom" that comes with that same enlightenment. The delicacy of the representation of Adam and Eve, and the multivalent character of the landscape into which they are set, are worth examining at length, as are the tessellations of energy emanating from the deftly-realized angel, while the fusion of joy and integrity which figures strongly in Mr. Bañez's characterization of Milton, is both tranquil and pleasant, and worth meditating upon as a model of spiritual assurance and intellectual consolation.
On January 9 at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Mr. Bañez presented the painting to representatives of Milton's Cottage Trust. Please click HERE to read about the occasion.