Going to take a brief hiatus to spend a lot of time visiting family across the country. It’s going to be beautiful and wonderful in every possible way! A taste of paradise, if you will. 🙂

(Also, did I mention that there’s basically no internet access at all??? It’s going to be awesome.)

And so, here’s a lovely picture of paradise for you:

The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man, by Jan Brueghel the Elder
The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man, by Jan Brueghel the Elder, c. 1613. Private collection.

Jan Brueghel the Elder actually did many of these sorts of paintings. In fact, if you were to research artworks of Creation, you would find painting after painting by him. Clearly, this was something that he was fond of depicting!

His artistic sensibilities were also perfect for this. In his art, the way he mixes his paints is described as “jewel-like” by pretty much every art historian out there… I mean, even his depiction of the Crucifixion is gorgeous. And his careful painting can really be scene in this picture, which has so many wonderful details that really allow his skills shine. And so, this idyllic scene of all the animals hanging out with each other is just gorgeous to behold!

Of course, there is a bit of tension in the picture. Look to the left of the horse’s head. There is Adam and Eve reaching for the forbidden fruit. Whoops!

But for now, it is paradise!

If you were hoping for a blog depicting an awesome artwork of the Pentecost (sorry, ran out of time!) go to this blog! Or this one! Or this one! Or how about this one?

Or, if you’re super excited about the Pentecost and want to meditate on it as much as possible because it’s that amazing (and, honestly, I can’t blame you!), you should totally get my book, The Glorious Mysteries, which illustrates each prayer of the Glorious Mysteries with gorgeous art. And yes! That includes… the Pentecost!

In any case, God bless you all! 🙂 See you in a couple weeks!

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of four, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer.

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