Today Virginia, Inge, Vera, Lucille and I attended the Bach Cantata "Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn" at the Blanton Museum of Art. The title is difficult to translate because it is an incomplete thought. The complete phrase is "Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn Mein Herz und Sinn ergeben" (I have to God's heart and mind yielded my own heart and mind.) This chorale cantata, composed for January 28, 1725, is based on Paul Gerhardt's twelve-verse hymn of 1647. I especially enjoyed the verses sung by the full chorus.
The featured piece of art today was "Ecce Homo" c. 1623, oil on canvas, by Daniele Crespi. It depicts Jesus at his trial before Pontius Pilate. Pilate is shown to Jesus' right and a Roman solder to his left. The docent today was new to us and was very well-versed and personable. She compared this painting to Luca Cambiaso's "Ecce Hom' painted in the early 1570s.
We went to the Blanton Cafe for lunch. I had the pizza of the day: bacon, pineapple and cilantro. It was different, a strange combination of ingredients -- not my favorite. Most of the time I really enjoy the food there.
After lunch Virginia, Inge and Vera went to a nearby hospice to visit a friend. Lucille and I stayed behind at the Blanton Gift Shop and then went to the Bullock Museum cafe for something to drink while we waited for the other three to return.
It has been another good day.