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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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Flickr's Pericomart's "Granada 1"


Granada 1, originally uploaded by pericomart.

"The Stairs of Charles V"

Light, lustrous, its warm caress
Along smooth sandstone glides,
Chiseled to flawless precision
By the hand of the ancient Moor.
Or was it, in truth, his Spanish
Master, augmenting the work
Of the Moor? No more can I tell
Each so finely crafted stone,
Here curving so gently, an arched
Pilaster hinted at -- not more,
A classic baluster, gently turned,
And a flight of stairs, drawn up
By light so lustrous, the ascent
No strain, for opening onto the
Alhambra, all is gain.

--JW, for pericomart, in honor
of light on stone,
so beautifully handled,
November 1, 2009.

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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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