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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Announcement: Going away.

Posted on 2008.04.30 at 12:42


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mechtild at 2008-04-30 21:09 (UTC) (Link)
I love the colors in the picture showing the painting on the Heritage's website. They're so delicate and light-filled.

Yes, I wish I could get a large version of that. We don't have the biggest library in the world, but I'm thinking of seeing if there's a book of the work of Guerin available through interlibrary loan. The state university's libraries are included, which are bound to have loads of art books. Then I could, perhaps, get a better print to scan. Woo hoo!

I'd have a difficult time choosing between the two paintings of Aurora and Cephalus. Perhaps it's all the blue in the first one that appeals to me, and the radiance of the figure of Cephalus. The second one does look like an illustration, and I do like Aurora better in that one.

The 1810 does have a gorgeous moonstruck look, as if she's dropping fairy dust down on him and casting him into an enchantment. But she's holding strands of vine or something, not fairy dust, and the light source is actually above her, and a little behind, since it's also illuminating the top of her head, and the tops of her arms and breasts. The lighting is the same, source-wise, in the 1811, but it's a different colour and not so glowing. Maybe that star visible between her hands is supposed to be the light source?

In both paintings it seems that the backs of her hands are lifting a veil back, which looks very neat. Is it supposed to be the "veil of night"? -- lifted back so that the beautiful youth can be illuminated by the moon high overhead? I haven't read this myth, so I don't know. When I do manips, I research the paintings and stories behind them. I just sort of slapped these up, relatively speaking.

Edited at 2008-04-30 09:11 pm (UTC)
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mechtild at 2008-04-30 23:18 (UTC) (Link)
Your comment prompted me to look up the myth, Mews, for which I thank you. I love learning things. I wasn't right about that "veil", literally, but the painting is not literally faithful to the account of the myth, so what the heck?


But I added an "ETA", above the "Aurora and Cephalus" images, to give an account of the myth.
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