Completed September 2013
Pen and India ink on Arches paper
22 x 30 in.
The sun breaks over the clouds, which contain the dark materials, or stuff of the world’s creation. Instead of overtaking the darkness, a balance is struck between light and dark.
As steals the morn upon the night,
And melts the shades away:
So Truth does Fancy’s charm dissolve,
And rising Reason puts to flight
The fumes that did the mind involve,
Restoring intellectual day.
Lyrics from George Frederick Handel’s ode L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (1740), based on the poetry of John Milton, rearranged by Charles Jennens. L’Allegro is the joyful man, and il Penseroso is the contemplative/melancholy man in Milton’s original pastoral ode (1645); il Moderato is the happy medium added by Jennens to create a third movement for Handel’s music.
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