Christ in the House of Martha and Mary


At the library where I work, I host a storytime for adults. Today I read Christ in the House of Martha and Mary by A. S. Byatt. I love this bit from the story, where the painter (Diego Velazquez, presumably, since the whole story is about the painting of the picture you see on the left) is trying to make the cook understand the importance of her work:

“When I paint eggs and fishes and onions, I am painting the godhead — not only because eggs and fishes have been taken as an emblem of the Resurrection, as have dormant roots with green shoots, not only because the letters of Christ’s name make up the Greek word for fish, but because the world is full of light and life, and the true crime is not to be interested in it.”

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