, the altar’s paliotto , adorned with the figure of the Magdalen in a patterned gold tondo against a gold and maroon field, aroused the admiration of Markowsky for its exquisite execution. 9 More complex than at first appears, the altarpiece presents us with a depiction of the Trinity in the standard
different chromatic range. Instead of the luminous contrasts and sensuousness, we have a more reductive but nonetheless visceral palette of dark reds, maroons, browns, and blacks.
IV . The Sublime in Rothko
One way of approaching the abstract work from the 1950s onwards, which contributes
longer spiritual foundation. Maroon culture in Suriname, sacred geometry in the Islamic world, calligraphy in China, and Aboriginal visual languages in Australia, Canada, and the United States all refuse to be understood from a binary distinction between religion and the secular. A postsecular approach