A grand post from Heritage Landscape and Creativity on Scottish artists from the nineteenth century AD to the third millenia BC!
‘They are the faults of archaeology rather than art’
Earlier this year I was privileged to see The Druids: Bringing in the Mistletoe by George Henry and Edward Atkinson Hornel (1890) in the excellent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Only seeing the original painting does it proper justice and I urge you to visit the Kelvingrove to see its full wonder.
The painting was supported by interpretative signage, one of which explained:
Needless to say this required further investigation.
In his biography of Hornel, Smith notes in relation to the composition of The Druids,
‘The half-sphere of the moon on the background is reflected in the curve of the hill and the shapes of the priestly insignia, all echoing the cup-and-ring markings‘.
Looking at the Druid Landscape, Smith underplays the extent to which the lunar has been evoked through the cool silvery quality of the light…
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