Saint Augustine

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Saint Augustine

Alternate Title: Saint Augustin
Flanders, active France, circa 1645-1650
Paintings
Oil on canvas
Frame: 37 × 30 1/2 × 3 in. (93.98 × 77.47 × 7.62 cm) unspecified (unspecified): 31 x 24 1/2 in. (78.7 x 62.2 cm) unspecified (unspecified): 31 x 24 1/2 in. (78.7 x 62.2 cm)
Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.88.177)
Currently on public view:
Ahmanson Building, floor 3 MAP IT
Ahmanson Building, floor 3

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Curator Notes

LACMA commissioned poet Karen Holden to compose a response to this artwork. To hear her poem, Veritas: Saint Augustine, press the play button below or scroll down to read a transcript.
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LACMA commissioned poet Karen Holden to compose a response to this artwork. To hear her poem, Veritas: Saint Augustine, press the play button below or scroll down to read a transcript.



Veritas: Saint Augustine
 

Truth is changing shape
Has become long and very

Thin, almost invisible
Slipped right by me where

I stand, caught between two
Flames, waiting for the call

To leap into bliss, hand flung
Out in sharp surprise to grasp

A luminous heart whose fire
Halos my head, eyes riveted

Startled at God’s hard joke
Truth, held out and up

Shining with humanity, ignited
By the holy breath of ghosts

 

© 2014 Karen Holden

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Bibliography

  • Conisbee, Philip et al. The Ahmanson Gifts: European Masterpieces in the Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1991.