Sweet Repose

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”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 Days

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“The Days” ~ Thomas Wilmer Dewing 1884-1886
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem:

DAYS

Daughters of Time, the hypocritic Days,
Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes,
And marching single in an endless file,
Bring diadems and fagots in their hands.
To each they offer gifts after his will,
Bread, kingdom, stars, and sky that holds them all.

I, in my pleached garden, watched the pomp,
Forgot my morning wishes, hastily
Took a few herbs and apples, and the Day
Turned and departed silent. I, too late,
Under her solemn fillet saw the scorn.

Ralph Waldo Emerson