One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Torrentius = Jan Simon van de Beeck's "Still Life With A Bridle"

From Herbert's essay:

   Here is an inventory of the objects represented in the painting: on the right side a potbellied pitcher of burnt clay in a warm, saturated brown;  in the middle a massive glass goblet, called a roemer, half-filled with liquid; and on the left side a silver-gray pewter pitcher with a lid and spout. In addition two porcelain pipes, a piece of paper with music, and a text on the shelf where the utensils were standing. At the top, metal objects I could not at first identify.
   The background was the most fascinating of all: black, deep as a precipice and at the same time flat as a mirror, palpable and disappearing in perspectives of infinity. A transparent cover over the abyss.



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