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Spirals

Spirals

  Though the name is  This Autumn Evening,  how I got there is something of a spiral. I was intrigued by the idea of a spiral suggested by the form of the belvedere. This is the original shot. In fact the working title was Vortex. This took me to Wyndham Lewis and the Vorticists...

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Herm

Herm

  In the ancient world, given that fertility was of fundamental importance, sex and religion were entwined. Bacchanalian rites were famous for their eroticism. A Roman home would often have the figure of Priapus holding his oversized phallus prominently displayed by the entrance and the...

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Hamadryads

Hamadryads

  Hamadryads are nymphs associated with trees, each one having its own Hamadryad. They are not immortal, they share their destiny with the tree: when the tree dies, so does the nymph. I have a particular love for the Maritime Pine with its unmistakable  umbrella canopy. They are native...

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Venus of the Sherds

Venus of the Sherds

One of the greatest paintings of the Renaissance, Sleeping Venus is an unusual, not to say mysterious work, even for an out of the ordinary painter like Giorgione. The work was unfinished on his death at 34 of plague to be completed by Titian who then went on to paint similar Venuses of his own....

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Dido

Dido

  A picture about Loss. Dido and Aeneas, the tragic love story of the Trojan hero and the Queen of Carthage is told by Virgil. Aeneas, after  the sacking of Troy, was given the task by the Gods of founding a new civilisation in Italy, but on the way he met and fell in love with the...

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Phryne

Phryne

  A legend, possibly based on fact, has it that Phryne, a fabulously rich concubine of outstanding beauty in  ancient Greece, was on trial for her life, for murder for which she was assuredly guilty. Her  counsel opted for a dazzling defence, literally:  he disrobed her in front of the...

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Freya

Freya

  Reija asked me to take a picture of her  that was reminiscent of her name which is the Finnish  for Freya,  the Norse Goddess of love and fertility after whom  Friday is named. In  Latin languages  the fifth day is dedicated to the Goddess of Love, Venus. Curiously, the Catholic...

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Alter Ego

Alter Ego

  Susanna and the Elders was a popular  Old Testament  subject with painters. There are innumerable versions by Rembrandt, Reni, Millet, Lotto, Van Dyck, and this one by Tintoretto, who curiously copied Susanna's  pose from Giorgione's Tempest, the serenity of which I have 'borrowed'...

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