Ritual of Abduction

60" x 48"
oil on Canvas

In this rendition of "Ritual of Abduction," Paula Arciniega masterfully weaves the rhythm of the music into a visual tableau. Drawing from thematic shapes and colors used in "The Augurs of Spring" and "The Introduction," she skillfully illustrates the linear movement of thematic material echoed within the orchestral voices, especially the horns and woodwinds. Within this artistic tapestry, she introduces the crucial element of foreshadowing, symbolized by the presence of the "virgin."

Borrowing imagery from Caravaggio's "The Taking of Christ," Arciniega alludes to the primeval need for appeasement through sacrifice, embedding layers of meaning and depth into the composition. The painting stands as a harmonious fusion of music and art, where the rhythmic nuances and thematic echoes from Stravinsky's composition come to life on the canvas. This visual interpretation invites viewers to delve into the intricate connections between sound and color, forming a captivating narrative that transcends the boundaries of both mediums.
Ritual of Abduction  by  Stravinsky
Listen from  6:40  to  7:58
With Permission:  2013 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Recorded live in Roy Thompson Hall, December 4 & 6, 2008
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