David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

03 March 2011

Origin of Everything

This post continues upon the previous tableaux and associated speculation about origins.

Again, a small French chromolithograph circa 1880s. This time without any advertising or explanatory text.

Again, the monogram AC or CA.

We regard the scene as depicting a young woman, with quill in hand, regarding a winged being, which we might guess to have fallen into her inkwell, now ----ing a tracery on her parchment.

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Theatre of the Actors of Regard
(see also : Regardism)


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Yves Klein
Anthropométrie sans titre (ANT 173)

187 x 125.5cm

A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something ...