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.

12 July 2015

Spirit of TAR seen from the back

In the previous post, we showed several tableau vivant photographs by Olympe Aguado

Today, in a similar metamusement spirit, a photographic presentation by his brother Onésipe Aguado. This image from the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art can also be found at the archives of Theatre of the Actors of Regard and the Daruma Muralists.
  • Title : Woman seen from the back
  • Artist: Onésipe Aguado, French, 1827–1894
  • Date: ca. 1862
  • Medium: Salted paper print from glass negative
  • Dimensions: 12 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. (30.8 x 25.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gilman Collection, Purchase, Joyce F. Menschel Gift, 2005
  • Accession Number: 2005.100.1

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