WeddingFrom time to time our love is like a sailand when the sail begins to alternatefrom tack to tack, it's like a swallowtailand when the swallow flies it's like a coat;and if the coat is yours, it has a tearlike a wide mouth and when the mouth beginsto draw the wind, it's like a trumpeterand when the trumpet blows, it blows like millions . . .and this, my love, when millions come and gobeyond the need of us, is like a trick;and when the trick begins, it's like a toetip-toeing on a rope, which is like luck;and when the luck begins, it's like a wedding,which is like love, which is like everything. Alice Oswald
Didn't this painting cause a huge scandal at the time because the lady looks like she is pregnant?
The Wikipedia entry about this painting is worth reading for the background. It doesn't mention that, but does say that the dog is a symbol of their desire to have a child.I love this picture. It's astonishing that it was painted over 600 years ago.
I will always associate it with Woodhall...wasn't it on the wall there? It's incredibly beautiful. But yes, I did always wonder about the point of that fold of fabric.
I think you're right, Claire; I wasn't sure why it was so familiar, but I think it hung on the wall at the little school. We used to say the dog was Teazle.The fabric effect (the folds on her green gown) is called "dagging".
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