In the upper register of this folio a woman holds a child who is crowned and adorned with jewels. The golden hue of the infant, along with the fan held above their heads signifies the child’s importance. They sit in devotion before a Jina, indicated by his nudity—a trademark of Digambara Jina and a sign of purity.
Dedication of sacred books is required of Jain devotees, and book production reflects the integral relationship among the laity, monastic community, and the Jina. Commissioning a book fulfills the lay obligation of charity, while beholding a book helps the individual achieve the proper mental state for spiritual guidance. It was customary for a lay donor to commission a copy of a text for presentation to his spiritual teacher and ultimately to the monk’s temple library. Over the centuries, libraries received great quantities of texts, which were employed in the instruction of monks and nuns. Monks and nuns were discouraged, however, from practicing the art of painting: one text expressly warns them of the power of painting to arouse sensual feelings.
A woman sits on the left holding a nude infant in her lap. An aureole of light radiates around her head as she looks downward toward the child, who returns her gaze. A bearded bishop wearing a miter and holding a crosier kneels before them on the right.
This chiaroscuro woodcut depicts the Virgin and Child being adored by an unidentified bishop. The print was made after a drawing by the Sienese painter Alessandro Casolani (ca. 1552-1607) by the Mantuan artist Andrea Andreani, who resided in Siena from 1586 until 1593. Andreani excelled at creating complex chiaroscuro woodcuts printed from multiple blocks. While some of his grandest prints incorporated forty blocks, this more humble example nevertheless seamlessly integrates four different blocks to produce a single image.
Why did I buy a mamy 6 & 7? Simple - an architect, who's wedding I photographed, wired me for a [illegibile] job in L.A. He wished to decoarte the walls of a new corporate office (ING) with photos of L.A.I could shootanything I wantedas long as it were in L.A. Fair drinkin as the Ausies say. Let'sface it, David no city, can be shot with soley a 35 when you're making prints 20 & 24. The broad expanses of L.A. had to be done with a larger format. I'd been [illegibile] in the medium format direction wer since I saw the 6 & 7. Leicas on steroids - just what I need. THis photowas shot with a 6. I love the 50 mm - forces me in. Remember what Robt. Cape said. If your pictures aren't good enough, you're probably not close enough. You don't haveto tell this coop that twice. Sempre, Mel 7/80"
25.4 x 20.32 cm (10 x 8 in.)
A man with his glasses on his hand on the shoulder of a girl and looking at her, while she is wearing a sweatshirt and is in profile view.