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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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Flickr's Hurith's "Magnificat"


Magnificat, originally uploaded by Hurith.

"Caught in the Coils of Creation"

He hung there, for you and I,
Hung there till death did choke
His life out. Hung there for all.
Now he hangs there, in stone,
Feeding the imagination, as
His own creation coils around him,
Choking his body once again.

A body choked, our spirit to release,
Yours, mine, even the Creation!
Two Thousand and Ten, and still
We doubt, fight, scorn and turn away.
Yet the Son of God calls to us,
Calls through the techo-clamor,
Even through this memory of decay.
--JW, for Hurith, Dec 29, 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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