P.S. Compton Castle . . . .An Icon for the World of Art

Christ of St John of the Cross. Salvador Dali.

After her trip to Santorini PS Compton Castle got the travel bug. Here she is on a pilgrimage to Spain, at Port Lligat. She was supposed to be heading for Santiago de Compostela but Captain Steer took the wrong turning.
Well that's what Dominic Robb says

The Resurrection, Cookham. Stanley Spencer.

Below Dominic wrote:

A good painting made perfect , Now they can climb out of their tombs on Judgement Day and head for the paddle steamer Compton Castle, not just any old pleasure - boat.

The Fighting Temeraire. J.M.W. Turner

Already illustrating the emergence of steam power, Dominic felt it needed a touch more emphasis on the steam boat. Easier said than done. Bathe the steamer in more light? Impossible. Turner had already performed a miracle with his sky. So bring in a rather special paddle steamer, and more to the foreground. Then leave it at that.

Michelangelo and the ceiling of Sistine Chapel

Dominic went to Rome. He saw the ceiling, and something else too. As he gazed an even grander vision took hold; he saw a safe haven already prepared for a boat. There in the middle arch was the central image of Creation, with Adam lying on the ground as God and the Angels approach. Dominic saw it in a new light.

God stretches out an arm. Adam responds tentatively. His hand seems wary of contact. Their hands do not touch. Perhaps they already have. Is Adam now withdrawing his hand, or did God let go first? Can they ever touch? The gap is small. Dominic imagines God's finger transferring power to Adam who seems uncertain and bemused by it all, but not overawed. There is no inferiority in Adam's posture. He is just unsure what to do. How does he harness the power God has bequeathed? There is a channel of emptiness between them; is it a river? A place for a boat; a successor to Noah's Ark? God is retreating. Dominic sees the muscles in Adams's bent leg tense. He is about to stand on his own two feet and make his own destiny, through the power of steam.