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 March 2019

International Women's Day : Venus Rising from The See

We weren't able to get to Canberra today for the ANU Japan Institute symposium OBJECTively - Connecting Australia and Japan: objects, cultural stories, people.

However, online, we have just enjoyed a similar symposium lecture from 2012 by Louise Allison Cort.
March 15, 2012, Louise Allison Cort, Curator for Ceramics, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. gives her lecture "Fine autumnal tones": Charles Lang Freer's Collecting of Asian Ceramics ( click the lecture title to watch video ) for the symposium The Dragon and the Chrysanthemum : Collecting Chinese and Japanese Art in America organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection, March 15-16, 2012.

 from the lecture : Charles Lang Freer in 1903 looks at his 'Venus
 Rising from the Sea' by Charles McNeill Whistler (c.1869-1870)

 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...