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.

08 July 2012

Means of Transport

Another T'en as un oeil! 

The Offspring of Leda, either realised or imagined, as a participant in the 1903 parade of the great annual Carnival de Nice.

What a transport of mixed signs! The more famous offspring of Leda are Helen of Troy and Castor and Pollux. Why are seven babes shown here? What of the eye on the potty? (Probably it's associated with the French eye-turd anaLOGOS/HA HA; it also reminds us of the mediterranean apotropaic practice of picturing eyes on boats against the evil eye.) Borne on a 'trojan horse' (note the horse's feet of men)...

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A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

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