Thursday, August 22, 2019
Little Gidding ... known to me as the title of one of TS Eliot's Four Quartets ( the last and maybe the loveliest ) ... I've only just come across the The Little Gidding Harmonies ... and the Little Gidding Concordances
of course ... as ever, Whitney Trettien was already on the case ...
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
graham sutherland illustrating frances quarles ... an original 1943 lithograph sold in tenby museum this week ... turns out to be a late manifestation of a long-lived publishing format
So have I seen a well-built castle, stand
Upon the tip-toes of a lofty hill,
Whose active power commands both sea & land,
And curbs the pride of the bleag’rers’ will;
At length her ag’d foundation fails her trust,
And lays her tott’ring ruins in the dust.
So have I seen the BLAZING TAPER shoot
Her golden head into the feeble air;
Whose shadow guilding ray, spread round about,
Makes the foul face of blade brow’d darkness fair;
Till at the length her waisting glory fades,
And leaves the night to her invet’rate shades
Hieroglyphics of the Life of Man published in 1637, was the sequel to Francis Quarles' best-selling Emblems (1635) which was lavishly illustrated, containing five books of meditative verse. The poems are introduced by a scriptural motto, then a commentary based on quotations from various sources, and at the end closure is achieved with a short didactic epigram. To Francis Quarles, an emblem is but a short parable and the verse puts the visual into the mental. In this way, the words and pictures complement each other, therefore having a double impact on the reader.
Sutherland's litho was from a set of three ... they are the first three images in this set ... http://www.williamweston.co.uk/item/artist_previous/233/1
there still exists an imprint of all three Sutherland designs on one sheet ...
Ah-ha ! After MUCH GOOGLE-ING ... Here's some proper scholarship relating to the printing of the Emblems ... by Whitney Trettien
Monday, August 19, 2019
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Thursday, August 15, 2019
rubens' copy of the titian ...
rubens' re-invention of the titian ...
the preliminary sketch that fra bartolomeo had made of the subject, his commission and the sketch being passed on to titian after his death
footnote ... fra bartolomeo, a lovely painter, largely ignored since his achievements were overshadowed by the giants of the italian renaissance ...
full translation of philostratus of lemnos here ...
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
playfully serious and seriously painterly ... the amazing margaret bowland ... who was caught in the unseemly scramble for the moral high ground by a bunch of people with knee-jerk intellects, sandpaper tongues and cloth ears