Sunday, July 26, 2015

Emily Dickinson 1830-1886 & John Singer Sargent 1856-1925 - On Parasols



John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Reading, 1911

The parasol is the umbrella's daughter,
And associates with a fan
While her father abuts the tempest
And abridges the rain.

The former assists a siren
In her serene display;
But her father is borne and honored,
And borrowed to this day.
--Emily Dickinson


Emily Dickinson 1830-1886


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Simplon Pass The Green Parasol



John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Simplon Pass. The Tease, 1911


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Lady with a Parasol


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Miss Wedewood and Miss Sargent Sketching



John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Group with Parasols



John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Simplon Pass The Lesson



John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) The Pink Dress


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Madame Roger-Jourdain


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) A Morning Walk



John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) By the River detail



John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) By the River.


Photos of 19C African American women + the secret courting language of the parasol


It is said that Victorian ladies understood the courting language of the parasol & used it to their advantage.  This unproven theory only works, if Victorian gentlemen also understood the parasol signals.


Alvan S. Harper (1847-1911) Tallahassee c 1884 State Library and Archives of Florida

If the lady touched the tip of the parasol to her lip, it meant, “Do you love me?” But lowering the parasol quickly meant, “Please leave.”


Alvan S. Harper (1847-1911) Tallahassee c 1884 State Library and Archives of Florida

Twirling the parasol on the right shoulder meant the lady was available.


Alvan S. Harper (1847-1911) Tallahassee c 1884 State Library and Archives of Florida

Holding the parasol vertically in the left hand, left the right hand free to greet a potential friend or lover.


Alvan S. Harper (1847-1911) Tallahassee c 1884 State Library and Archives of Florida

Holding the parasol folded in the left hand indicated that the lady wanted to speak to an admirer.


Alvan S. Harper (1847-1911) Tallahassee c 1884 State Library and Archives of Florida

Collapsing her parasol & then holding it in the middle with her right hand with the tip pointing in the direction she was walking, was in invitation for a gentleman to follow.


Saint Veronica & the vera icon



Attributed to Piero di Cosimo (Italian artist, 1462-1521) Saint Veronica, c. 1510

Legend holds that Saint Veronica was a pious woman of Jerusalem, who was moved with pity, when she saw Jesus carrying his cross to Golgotha, & gave him her veil; so that he might wipe his forehead.  Jesus accepted the offering & after using it handed it back to her, the image of his face miraculously impressed upon it.  There is no reference to the story of St Veronica & her veil in the Gospels.  The belief in the existence of authentic images of Christ is connected with the old legend of King Abgar of Edessa & the apocryphal writing known as "The Death of Pilate." The oldest & best known of these images was called the vera icon (true image), which in the common tongue soon became "Veronica." The tale is thus designated in several medieval texts by the Bollandists & by Matthew of Westminster who speaks of the imprint of the image of the Savior which is called Veronica.  Over time, popular imagination mistook this word for the name of a person & attached it to several Veronica legends which vary from country to country.

St Veronica 1430 by Robert Campin ( Master of Flemalle)



St Veronica 1480 by Hans Memling



St Veronica by Bernardo Strozzi, 1625-1630



St Veronica by Blanchard Jacques 1356



St Veronica by Guido Reni



St Veronica by Lorenzo Costa



St Veronica by Mattia Preti c 1655



St Veronica by Rogier van der Weyden



St Veronica by the Master of Saint Veronica



St Veronica with the Sudarium by the Master of Saint Ursula Legend c 1475-1500



St Veronica With The Sudary 1579 by El Greco



A Group Of Figures With St Veronica Holding The Sudarium by Derick Baegert



St Veronica by El Greco



Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) St Veronica offering veil to Christ 1921