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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Monday, July 27, 2009

Rita Crane's Window to the Mediterranean, Hanley Gardens, Italy

"Eyes Transfixed"

Dumbstruck, eyes transfixed,
Unable to deflect my gaze.
Tears well behind my eyeballs,
Tears conjured by a heady mix
Of sight and memory, even smell!
Warm rays of Mediterranean sun,
Trellises, sandstone arches,
Edged by light, a cypress tree,
Such as stirred the troubled soul,
Of Vincent, painter,
Lonely in sun-drenched Arles.
And beyond! Ah! beyond:
Azure waters, barely touched
By movement, sharing with
Softer, azure sky, a space,
So wondrous, ineffable,
Free from care, expansive,
Beckoning the tired soul,
Here to find, to find what?
Some fleeting solace,
Maybe recover hope.
--JW, for Rita Crane, 7/27/09,
in thanks for this wondrous
gift of stone and sunlight --
Mediterranean style.

Note: Where first posted, on Flickr, as uploaded by Rita Crane on July 25, 2009, she notes as follows: "This garden is just above Ventimiglia, across the border from Menton, France, just inside the Italian border. In winter, hardly anyone is there, and it is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the extensive gardens."

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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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