It took several years before I appreciated the beauty of this picture. It was found that a letting-go while in a meditative state allowed this to occur.
Many years ago at the Musee D’Orsay I saw the original, but at that time had insufficient experience to take it in. The backlighting on a computer screen makes it easier in some ways, although the balance of the composition is altered.
This picture has an interesting history, and interesting interpretations, but despite all of that, what interests us is it’s potential for use in guided meditation.
Who do we choose to be? The man sitting in the light rapt in contemplation? The woman stoking the fire? The diaphenous figure (hardley visible through the aging varnish) tentatively descending the staircase? Or would we wish to be a visitor, and look around the room and it’s decoration, and talk to the characters, go up the staircase, feel the warmth of the fire, perhaps go through that low door under the stairs?
Prepare to be surprised by what you experience, you discover, because it will be about your internal life. And about your eternal life too.