Friday, February 27, 2009

Art Friday is upon us!!!

After work yesterday I was off to the annual checkup and found out that everything was right where it should be and all the numbers lower than before so I am happy about that!!!! I certainly want to be here in 2012 and the return of Quetzalcoatl - such fun awaits us all!!!! - but all that aside - last night was spent finishing up the exchange I have been working on this past week -

The flicks last night were "Trojan Women" - 1971 starring Katherine Hepburn as Hecuba, Vanessa Redgrave as Andromache and Irene Papas as Helen. A wonderful film version of the play by Euripides and translated by Edith Hamilton - if you like destruction, death and depression then this is the movie for you - it ain't called a tragedy for nothing!!!!! This was followed up with "Titanic" - 1953 - starring Babara Stanwych and Clifton Webb and a VERY young Robert Wagner - a nice version of the sinking of this great ship.

Now let us have a quickie "Art Friday" - One of my favorite pieces of art is probably "The Wilton Diptych" - c. 1396. This beautiful small devotional piece is housed in the National Gallery in London and I have visited it every time I get to London -


This is snap of the inside panels - on the Left Panel you have Richard II being presented by three saints he venerated (l to r - St Edmund, St Edward the Confessor and St John the Baptist) to the Virgin Mary and Christ child. It is a stupendous piece of work and simply amazing that it survived through so many years in such super condition. Just think about how amazing it is for this to have survived the Protestant Reformation that swept through England under Henry VIII destroying so many Religious images and articles. It was acquired by the National Gallery in 1929

Thanks for stopping by and Have a great Weekend!!!!

Take Care -
edgar

5 comments:

valerie said...

Happy Friday...hoping it's not so rainy for us during this one!

Craft-i-leigh said...

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If you would answer my question… What type of fabric or fabrics do you prefer and why? Brands and counts?
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Jennifer/OH said...

Gorgeous art! The intensity of the shades of blue is just amazing after all those years.
Thanks so much for sharing so many interesting facts, figures and visual delights. I love visiting your blog.
The latest issue of "Majesty" came to visit me yesterday. Thank you so much.

Marian said...

Love the National Art Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. You can find me there, too. I love the Constables. Any landscape paintings.

Ja'niece said...

Edgar I saw this and immediately though of you!! A must buy for sure. *wicked grin*
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