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.

29 November 2013

Dr Who : LOL part 3

Why exactly has the Doctor been so urgently summoned to the National Gallery?

Dr Who :  What happened?
Kate L-S : Easier to show you.

Kate L-S : Welcome to the Under Gallery. This is where Elizabeth the First kept all Art deemed too dangerous for public consumption.
This Doctor is a fan of the fez. While he is looking to knick this one, behind him Clara is looking at a painting. 

It's Géricault's original study for The Raft of the Medusa Cybermen, made before the better known State-censored version.

They arrive at a gallery with broken glass strewn across the floor.

Kate L-S : This is why we called you in.
Dr Who : Interesting...
Clara : The broken glass?
Dr Who : No. Where it's broken from.      
Dr Who : Look at the shatter pattern. The glass in all these paintings has been broken from the inside.

Kate L-S : as you can see, all the paintings are landscapes, 
no figures of any kind.
Dr Who : So?
Kate L-S : There used to be.
(Kate hands the doctor a projection screen.)

Clara : Something's got out of the paintings.

Dr Who : Lots of somethings. Dangerous...

more Dr Who : LOL soon...

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