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.

18 September 2016

Menzies versus Modern Art

Series starts tonight on ABC.TV :

Howard On Menzies: Building Modern Australia 
As if to disprove his own thesis, former Prime Minister John Winston Howard poses for Theatre of the Actors of Regard before the 1954 Archibald Prize winning portrait painted by Ivor Hele and meta-Titled Rt Hon. R.G. Menzies PC CH QC MP.

Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
AAA_Art Archive Australia 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...