Saturday, August 27, 2016

Dog Days of Summer - Dietz Edzard 1893-1963

 Dietz Edzard (German artist, 1893-1963) The Promenade du matin 

 Dietz Edzard (German artist, from 1893 to 1963) Élégante avec chien

Dietz Edzard (German artist, 1893-1963) The Elegant lady with dog

Dog Days of Summer  is the name for the most sultry period of summer, from about July 3 to Aug. 11. Named in early times by observers in countries bordering the Mediterranean, the period was determined to extend from 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius (the dog star) & amp; the sun. The Greek poets Hesiod (ca. 750-650 BCE) & amp; Aratus (ca. 310-240 BCE) refer, in Their writings, to  "the heat of late summer That the Greeks believed was actually brought` on by the appearance of Sirius,"  a star in the constellation, That the later Romans, & amp; we today refer to as Canis Major, literally the "greater dog" constellation. Homer, in the  Iliad , references the association of "Orion's dog" (Sirius) with oncoming heat, fevers, & amp; Evil, in describing the approach of Achilles toward Troy:
Sirius rises late in the dark, liquid sky
On summer nights, star of stars,
Orion's Dog they call it, brightest
Of all, but an evil portent, Bringing heat
And fevers to suffering humanity.

The term "dog days" was used by the Greeks in Aristotle's Physics. Astronomer Geminus, around 70 BC, wrote: "It is believed Generally Sirius That Produces the heat of the 'dog days,' but this is an error, for the star Merely marks a season of the year When the sun" s heat is the Greatest. "  The 1559 edition of the lectionary of the Episcopal  Book of Common Prayer  Indicates: "Naonae. Dog days begin "with the readings for July 7 & amp; end August 18. But the readings for September 5 stated:" Naonae. Dog days end. "This Corresponds very closely to the lectionary of the 1611 edition of the  King James Bible  Which Indicates the Dog Days beginning on July 6 & amp; ending on September 5. 

Madonnas attributed to Italian painter Andrea del Sarto 1486-1531

Andrea del Sarto (Italian painter, 1486-1531) Madonna of the Harpies detail

 Andrea del Sarto (Italian painter, 1486-1531) Madonna of the Harpies

 Andrea del Sarto (Italian painter, 1486-1531) Holy Family

 Andrea del Sarto (Italian painter, 1486-1531) Madonna with Child and John the Baptist

 Andrea del Sarto (Italian painter, 1486-1531) Holy Family

Andrea del Sarto (Italian painter, 1486-1531) Madonna della Scala, 1522-23

In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were a large part of the core of early Western art.  In the 4C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art evolved & became grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private clients.