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.

30 April 2015

TAR TU F...!


L'Imposteur ou LeTartuffe
Tartuffe, or The Impostor, or The Hypocrite by Molière, 
first performed in 1664

1795 : a scene from Tartuffe as depicted by Jacobus Buys. Tartuffe and Elmire are in seductive conversation as Elmire's husband Orgon looks out from the picture frame above and the tablecloth below.

2010 : a scene from the Brigham Young University production of Tartuffe. Tartuffe and Orgon, surrounded by gilt framed blank canvasses. 

2015 : poster for Theatre of the Actors of Regard production of
TAR TU F...!  ou  Le Faux Regard       

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