Beata Beatrix – Dante Gabriel Rossetti
He feeds upon her face by day and night,
And she with true kind eyes looks back on him,
Fair as the moon and joyful as the light:
Not wan with waiting, not with sorrow dim:
Not as she is, but was when hope shone bright;
Not as she is, but as she fills his dream.
“If the moon smiled,
She would resemble you.
You leave the same impression.
Of something beautiful,
~Sylvia Plath, The Rival
In honor of Sylvia, who died 53 years ago February 11th.
©Lisa Chapman 2016
Turn away from days past and make your way steadily out of the woods – out into the light of a brand new day. ~LC
￼”Sleeping Girl” ~ Domenico Fetti 1617 – 19
I saw this beautiful painting at the Detroit Institute of Arts – the exhibition was “Treaures of Venice”. When found, the corners of the painting were cut, making attribution difficult but it was finally decided Fetti in all likelihood was the artist and the subject, a recently converted Mary Magdalene. Having wept, she has fallen asleep, smiling. Although it’s been many years since I saw this painting up close, I vividly remember the striking red and gold colors against the black background and the soft pink emotion of her face. It was a standout of the entire exhibition and a joy to have seen it.
“The Lute” ~ Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938)
I’ve long thought Thomas Wilmer Dewing to be an extraordinary artist and The Lute, which is owned by The Smithsonian, is my absolute favorite of his paintings. The Detroit Institute of Arts had an exhibition of his works years ago and it was love at first sight.