The Blog of John Walford, British-born, but long resident in The United States. I am an art historian, currently studying satire in Netherlandish art, an amateur photographer, and occasional writer, who writes here about art, photography, and the human condition--some of it ekphratic poetry, responding to works of art. This is to be a site for words and images, interacting on one another, as vehicles of human expression.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Tim Lowly, Portrait of a (Tondo)

portrait of a (tondo)
portrait of a (tondo), originally uploaded by t i m o.

Sometimes, a painter, like Tim Lowly, strays into the medium of photography, and works on it a peculiar form of painterly alchemy, bringing forth bewitching forms, as here:

"The Girl with the Pearl Earring"

The tondo form,
How well
The human head
Does frame!

Glancing sideways,
This gorgeous form,
Does command,
My full acclaim.

If I were to choose
Just one work of you,
This would clinch
Your rising fame.

And Jan Vermeer
Would cast down
His single pearl;
And ne'er rise again.
--John Walford, March 27, 2008.

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I am a British-born, art historian, teaching in the USA; I studied law, in England,1964-68; worked part-time in the art world, 1968-69; then studied art history at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 1969-76; completed my Ph.D. diss. at the University of Cambridge, 1981; moved to the States in 1981, and have since written, or co-authored, other books. I am currently studying satire in Netherlandish art. My wife, Maria, was born in Milan, Italy, where she worked as an interpreter, in business; she spent seven years in Switzerland, at the University of Lausanne, 1963-70. She came to Amsterdam in 1971, and we soon married. She is a wife, mother, literary critic, of Italian (and French) literature, and completed her Ph. D. diss. in 2002, at the University of Chicago, on Cesare Pavese and His Critics. We have three married children, and eight grandchildren, all of whom we excessively adore! I welcome dialog about art, photography, human behavior, beliefs, and motivation from all comers, regardless of race, color, gender, orientation, values, or beliefs. This is to be a site for words and images, as vehicles of human expression, around topics of mutual interest.

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