30 January 2010

Light and Warmth: The Sun Chariot



Blue of the most excellent blog The Blue Remembered Hills commented onthe sun chariot in the tympanum of Les très riches heures du Duc de Berry. In mythology chariots, asymbol of wealth and power were believed to carry the sun across the heavens from East to West. The Trundholm sun chariot dates from the Nordic Bronze Age. Foundin Denmark it depicts a mare pulling a chariot with a large disk representing the Sun. In Greek mythology Helios was a young man wearing a radiant halo driving the sun chariot and four winged horses as seen on the red-figurepottery. He brought light and warmth to mortals and because he was all seeing he provided information to the immortals. Helios' horses breathed fire; English poet, painter and printmaker William Blake 1757-1827 shows God and a Chariot of Fire in God Judging Adam.

4 comments:

  1. Why, thank you, ma'am. Excellent juxtaposition of Blake, ancient Greek and Bronze Age work - if you'll pardon a pun in this context, very illuminating. The strange thing is how modern the Bronze Age work looks - would not be out of place in an exhibition of contemporary sculpture.

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  2. You are welcome Blue! I was wondering if in your profiles you have covered San Franciscan designer Tony Hail? He was very prominent in the '80s and '90s doing what he called "chic as sin" interiors. I still miss his knowledge of antiques and perfect manners. Kind regards, Kendra

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  3. I have posted about one interior Hail did for a young bachelor in the 1970s - last year sometime - and very elegant it was, too. I have more about him but at the moment my concentration is on the ones who died of AIDS or related causes. I am planning another round of elegance and Hail is part of it.

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  4. I am new to blogging so I missed that posting. Thank you for dedicating time to those designers and design professionals that we lost to AIDS. During the worst of it in the San Francisco Design District I called my life "Four Funerals and a Wedding". I feel blessed to have known all of those brilliant and talented men. They have not been replaced.

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