25/05/14

Henri Matisse: La creatività richiede coraggio!

William Merritt Chase [1849-1916]

Georges d`Espagnat [1870-1950]

John Dickson Batten [1860-1932]

- The Garden of Adonis - Amoretta and Time, 1887
The subject of Batten's painting is taken from Book III of Edmund Spenser's "The Faerie Queene", which is devoted to the legend of Chastity. The twins Amoretta and Belphoebe were the daughters of the nymph Chrysogone. The two babies were adopted, Belphoebe by the goddess of the hunt Diana, and Amoretta by Venus, goddess of love. Venus conveyed Amoretta to the Garden of Adonis, her `joyous Paradise', the flowers of which "dame Nature doth her beautify, and decks the girlonds of her Paramoures". However, even here the "faire flowre of beautie fades away, as doth the lilly fresh before the sunny ray", for:

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