Quote of the day: 30 October A true Carmelite of the Divine Heart of Jesus must descend to suffering humanity from the height of Carmel as an angel of comfort and peace. Blessed Maria Teresa Tauscher Foundress, Carmelites of the Divine Heart of Jesus Clothing the NakedMichiel Sweerts (Flemish, 1618–1664)Oil on canvas, ca. 1661Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkClothing the naked is one of the Seven Acts of Mercy traditionally promoted in Catholicism. Sweerts, a Catholic artist from the Spanish Netherlands, reduces the theme to a fraught confrontation between two individuals, one opulently dressed, the other nude and seemingly wary of the garments offered to him. He painted this image, most likely for a Catholic patron, while living in Amsterdam and engaged in regular fasting and other acts of devotion. In 1662 the artist joined the Société des Missions Etrangères bound for Persia, although he was later dismissed from their company for his erratic behavior. Share this:TwitterFacebookWhatsAppTelegramPinterestTumblrRedditLinkedInPocketPrintEmailMoreSkypeLike this:Like Loading... Related Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.