Sirak Skitnik’s Sunken Cathedral Cover Image
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Потъналата катедрала на Сирак Скитник
Sirak Skitnik’s Sunken Cathedral

Author(s): Yanko Marinov
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: Sirak Skitnik has been interested in music all along his life rather than only in his later years and administrative activities. Music is present in one way or the other in his work as a painter as well. The painting The Sunken Cathedral, titled after Claude Debussy’s Préludes – Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie is especially inspiring to a musician or music theoretician. Willing to find out if the representation had recreates ‘at random or freely’ the ‘story’ of the prelude, we’d find that the painter not only expressed the imagery of the piece but also placed it in the context of the ancient legend of the Isalnd of Ys through complex symbols and selection of colours. While the composer gives the outcome, the denouement of the tragic myth in tones, the painter has represented also the events that have caused the ‘submergence of the cathedral’. Looking at the images in other paintings by Sirak Skitnik one realizes the necessity to apply such ‘hermeneutics’ to these too so that to understand the language they are speaking to get their message across.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 48-50
  • Page Count: 3
  • Language: Bulgarian