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Happy Birthday, Frodosweetstuff!

Posted on 2008.06.04 at 12:10
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~ Detail from “Death of Hyakinthos”

Happy birthday, Frodosweetstuff!

I'm nearly late to the party, but for your birthday here's "The Death of Hyakinthos" by Jean Broc, painted in 1801. I know what a romantic you are, so I thought you'd like a large copy of this well-known swoony painting. (I'll bet you've already got it!)

Many happy returns of the day!!!!

~ Mechtild

Death of Hyakinthos by Jean Broc, 1801

ETA: I always like to know the story depicted in a painting, so I looked up Hyacinth. Here's part of the short entry in Wikipedia:

In the myth, Hyacinth was a beautiful youth beloved by the god Apollo. The two took turns throwing the discus, until Apollo, to impress his beloved, threw it with all his might. Hyacinth ran to catch it, to impress Apollo in turn, and was struck by the discus as it fell to the ground and he died.

Another myth adds that the wind god Zephyrus was actually responsible for the death of Hyacinth. The boy's beauty caused a feud between Zephyrus and Apollo. Jealous that Hyacinth preferred the radiant archery god Apollo, Zephyrus blew Apollo's discus off course, so as to injure and kill Hyacinth. When he died, Apollo didn't allow Hades to claim the boy; rather, he made a flower, the hyacinth, from his spilled blood. According to Ovid's account, the tears of Apollo stained the newly formed flower's petals with the sign of his grief. However, the flower of the mythological Hyacinth has been identified with a number of plants other than the true hyacinth, such as the iris.


verangel at 2008-06-04 18:33 (UTC) (Link)
This is stunning. I saved it. She will share...I know it!! hugs you xoxoxoxo v
mechtild at 2008-06-04 20:16 (UTC) (Link)
I was sure she would like it, although I thought for sure she would have already seen it. When I first saw it, I couldn't help thinking of highly romantic, tragic S/F fanfics, even if the youths in the painting clearly aren't hobbits. It's just the icing on the cake that the taller, stronger youth is blond and the one swooning in his arms is not only shorter and more slightly-built, but dark-haired. It seemed *perfect*. I didn't even have to do a manip.
verangel at 2008-06-04 20:22 (UTC) (Link)
No you didn't need to do a thing. I was fascinated by the lines in the bodies and similarities to F/S although I have read some wonderful F/M stories from Abby_Normal lately. I think though it is the similarity of Elijah that strikes me more.
hugs you. What you bring to the LJ is always enlightening and amazing. xooxo v
mechtild at 2008-06-04 20:33 (UTC) (Link)
Are you reading Counterpoint? There is a lot of fine writing in those episodes. Yes, this strapping blond might make a nice Merry, per her story (in which Merry does not resemble Dom Monaghan).
verangel at 2008-06-04 20:40 (UTC) (Link)
I noticed from her gorgeous illustrations who Merry was. It makes me sad so I will keep Dom and Elijah in my head. I haven't been able to sink my teeth into Counterpoint. I only just discovered her through her counterpoint "Sonata" chapter recently. (whoa...phew...wow) So I have read a moment here and there. Humor and storytelling is wonderful.
mechtild at 2008-06-04 20:54 (UTC) (Link)
My favourite chapter is the one that begins the saga. I can't remember the name. She didn't write it first, but it portrays the opening of her Merry and Frodo relationship (some big party at Brandy Hall).

When I read her story, in my head I picture a BBC early 19th century costume drama (but a lot racier and angstier than anything on BBC!), starring hobbits instead of humans--oh, and starring two men as the romantic leads, rather than a man and a woman. Otherwise the genres have a lot in common.

Edited at 2008-06-04 08:55 pm (UTC)
hobbitlove83 at 2008-06-04 18:55 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that is so, so beautiful!!

Our birthday girl will lllove it-
and I saved.

Thank you, darling Mechtild!!
mechtild at 2008-06-04 20:18 (UTC) (Link)
I think it's got to be a 19th century romantic slash classic, this painting. Every time I'd read some twelve-hanky fic about Frodo and Sam during their last days in the Undying Lands I'd think of this painting.
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mechtild at 2008-06-04 20:29 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it great? The lighting in it is amazing. It's way before Maxfield Parrish's work; I wonder if he'd seen this painting?

Here are some Parrish paintings that remind me of this one by Broc (in terms of colours, composition and lighting), painted a century later.





I'm surprised more people haven't seen The Death of Hyakinthos, especially if they are fans of slash. I've seen it used in people's LJ icons, so I thought it must be well-known.
melyanna_65 at 2008-06-04 20:42 (UTC) (Link)
That's so beautiful!

mechtild at 2008-06-04 20:55 (UTC) (Link)
I hope Frodosweetstuff likes it as well, Melyanna! :)
julchen11 at 2008-06-04 20:49 (UTC) (Link)
This is breathtaking, my dear. I didn't know it and it's heartbreakingly beautiful.
Perfect for Steff!
I love it very much ... *stares and dreams*
mechtild at 2008-06-04 20:57 (UTC) (Link)
You hadn't seen this, either, Julchen? All the more do I rejoice in Steff having a birthday, or I never would have posted it.
julchen11 at 2008-06-04 21:21 (UTC) (Link)
it's wonderful,very sad but simply gorgeous.
I'll think I'll google a little bit because I want to know more about the artist.
Thanks again, honey!

*hugs tight*
mechtild at 2008-06-04 21:37 (UTC) (Link)
I put an "ETA" at the bottom, Julchen, to tell about the myth behind the painting. I usually do that, but was in a hurry this time and forgot. Please let us know [in a comment] what you find out about the painter.
aliensouldream at 2008-06-05 12:30 (UTC) (Link)
Very beautiful! The expression of Apollo is so tender and grief-stricken. A lovely gift.
mechtild at 2008-06-05 22:41 (UTC) (Link)
His expression, enhanced by the body language and poses, and especially the "end of day" lighting, is just lovely.
frodosweetstuff at 2008-06-05 21:39 (UTC) (Link)
Dear Mechtild, thank you so very very much for posting this great swoony pic for me! I had NOT seen it before and so am doubly thrilled. I loved to find out more about Hyacinth, even if they are sad stories.

Oh well, I'll just ignore that and enjoy it for the slashiness and pretend he's just asleep.

Thank you so much for this! *hugs* You helped make my birthday so amazing and special!
mechtild at 2008-06-05 22:48 (UTC) (Link)
Frodosweetstuff, I hope you had a great birthday. I was really impressed by the turnout, even though I know you are someone whose cheer, humour, warmth and LJ generosity has drawn many friends. I'm also glad it was your birthday because I never would have posted this image had it not been your birthday. I had assumed--as I mentioned to some commenters above--that everyone knew this painting. I've seen it in people's icons. I always figured that if a painting rose to icon status, it *must* be a favourite!

Yes, the story of Hyacinth (or Hyakinthos) is a sad one, but so resonant for fans who just love Frodo, love the tragic beauty that seems to reside in him, and love to see their love and longing played out in his romances with those who love him in fic. But the painting, however sad, accentuates the beauty and exaltedness of love, so in that way it has its own sort of blissful tenderness.

Oh! I almost forgot! I got your lovely mathom. Thanks so much, Frodosweetstuff. I am touched.
frodosweetstuff at 2008-06-10 14:52 (UTC) (Link)
I had the most amazing birthday, thank you! I was impressed myself, and honoured and also nervous since I don't know how to repay you all for what you did (but I hope that after a few months of sleepless nights I will come up with something good as a big thank you).

Yes, the tragic beauty is very appealing and I see the parallels with Frodo. :)

I'm glad you liked the daisy! I wanted to be a hobbit for a day. :)

*hugs* Thank you again!
whiteling at 2008-06-06 20:37 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, what a heart-breaking picture! Its topic and mood is very touching. I keep looking especially at those expressive, superbly painted feet.
I looked up Jean Broc, the painter, but I couldn't find very much about him. Wikipedia says, that Broc studied under Jacques-Louis David and is well known for the cultivation of the intellectual group known as LES PRIMITIFS (aka Barbus or "The Bearded Ones"). I've never heard of this group, but I will look them up too, if time allows.
Anyway, thanks so much for posting this image, Mechtild. It was new to me and, as it seems, to many others, too.
And a very happy belated birthday to Steffi! :-)
mechtild at 2008-06-06 21:04 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for that info, Whiteling. "The Bearded Ones" - must have thought themselves back to nature, or back to the past types. They sound like people I'd find interesting.

The feet are done with such care, as you say. The feet, and the details of the little flowers, plus the sublime, hushed lighting at twilight, make me think of Rousseau's "The Sleeping Gypsy", or the even darker "The Snake Charmer". I don't know why, really; the painters are quite different, including in their subjects.
whiteling at 2008-06-06 21:15 (UTC) (Link)
Yes! Now that you mention it - there *is* a certain resemblance to Rousseau. Hmm, strange, isn't it; and I can't put my finger on why exactly either. Interesting...
mariole at 2008-06-07 16:10 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, how sad! Beautiful painting, though. *sniff*
mechtild at 2008-06-07 16:36 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you liked it, Mariole. I think of it as sort of a slash version of a Harem painting.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2008-06-09 17:08 (UTC) (Link)
Both the myth and the painting are new to me. I love the light and colour in that painting. It reminds me of the Grey Havens.

I made an avatar of the Max Parrish painting some time ago (see icon) I remember that it gave you an idea for your WIP. *chuckle* Rosamunda and Frodo on a swing.


mechtild at 2008-06-09 20:16 (UTC) (Link)
I still think about those two on that danged swing, Estë. (Yes, I knew about the swing pic, "The Dinky Bird", because of your icon and asking you about it.) When am I going to get time to get back to work? I've nearly forgotten the story. I've had the devil of a lack of free time, literally and mentally, in the last several months. But that's real life for you--always shouldering everything aside in one's life to have its way with one.

I didn't know the myth (had to look it up), but I'd seen the painting a few years back on a site that featured male nude paintings and drawings from the Victorian Era. In fact, this is too early to have been in Victoria's era, but they didn't have much stuff on their site so I guess they were desperate. I just loved the painting, though, and over time saw it featured in the icons of a few people commenting in the LJ's of my f-list.

It's good to see you, Estë!
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