I don't think it's an accident that some of Hendrick Goltzius' best engravings (which I'm loving more and more these days) depict falling bodies. Imagine: it's the late-sixteenth-century and you're in the Dutch lowlands, where the art market is hot, and competitive. You're an exceptionally talented, if not virtuoso, artist, and you're looking to demonstrate that virtuosity. So how do you depict the body? Three-quarter portrait? As old as the renaissance. Recumbent nude? Titian got there first. And then you realize: what if I depict the body plummeting to earth, tumbling and twisting as gravity ruthlessly draws its victim towards terra firma. ⠀
Naturally enough, Goltzius turned to the myths of antiquity that feature such acts, like Phaethon, and here, Icarus. Note how Icarus' hair trails his heavier body, which has reached its terminal velocity. Note his upward glance, towards the site of his own hubris. Note Goltzius' brilliantly incised lines, which repeat in different densities to create not only contour but also light and shadow. Note how, zoomed in, they resolve into an abstract maze just as labyrinthine as the prison that young Icarus has just escaped. Note Daedalus, his despondent father, below and behind, watching his doomed son plummet.⠀
But perhaps the greatest moment is that hand, and the way that Goltzius brings it to Icarus's face, his gaze. The visual arts have always linked the gaze to the hand, because, after all, what the artist sees she must then translate to this extremity. There is, one could say, a certain hubris in that act too, or at least the potential for it. Every time a painter picks up his brush, or an engraver his burin, he knows that he mustn't fly to high, or fly too low. He must respect the power, and the gift, which he was so blessed to receive.⠀
🤠Feelin' Country🤠 I don’t know about you guys, but... "I miss Mayberry
Sitting on the porch drinking ice-cold cherry Coke
Where everything is black and white
Picking on a six string
Where people pass by and you call them by their first name
Watching the clouds roll by
Bye, byeeeeee” 🎶
Katura is a Japanese knife for those who love the craftsmanship and values of the artisan tradition. In Japan craftspoeple are called Shokunin. The mastery of the skills set of their craft is applied to a material with pride, a sense of spirit whose aim is to benefit the general welfare of the people. KATURA captures the best qualities of that spirit in a knife that is authentically artisan in every detail. It offers the cook a remarkably precise cutting tool with a contemporary rustic aesthetic The stainless steel blade has a core of premium AUS10 steel with 45 layers of Damascus steel folded over top. The mark of the craftsmen is left one by one as the blades are finished with a unique hammered finish called “tsuchime”. The hammered finish also helps food to release from the blade while cutting. DESIGN
The KATURA is a knife for modern lifestyles. The detailed craftsmanship is a nod to the traditional methods of the Japanese knife artisan. Rosewood and walnut woods were chosen for the OCTO handles, their, warm hues and enchanting grains pair beautifully with the hand-hammered texture of the blades. Each KATURA knife also undergoes a traditional ‘yakkin’ branding of the Kikusumi logo on the flat end of the handle that enriches the handcrafted look of the knife. Rotating the blade underneath a light reveals three distinct markings which have been punched into the steel by hand and tool – the KATURA logo in its original font, [its place of origin Seki in kanji 関 , and the KIKUSUMI logo. The KATURA knife reflects all that is good about the craft of knives – a true artisan aesthetic with a contemporary performance. BLADE
The KATURA blade has a laser thin finish that offers lower resistance when cutting ingredients. Cutting with less resistance means less force is required which makes the KATURA easier and more enjoyable to use than a conventional kitchen knife.
The steel used in the blade is AUS10 which is composed of small grain carbides that allows knives forged with them to take on finer edges. The addition of vanadium into the steel increases both wear resistance and edge retention.
Here at Bella Cosa Jewelers, we pride ourselves on taking great care in everything we do, from custom work to repairs and cleaning. All work is done on-site by professionals, and you can always be confident that your jewelry is in good hands.
It’s #MuseumSelfieDay !
A selfie from our collection, engraved by an chain gang convict of the early 1800s.
This piece is the only known specimen of convict medallic art, and was formerly in possession of Sir Henry Parkes, the architect of Federation. The initials H B appear on either side of the figure which is crudely engraved on a smoothed off penny. ‘Love Token’, smoothed cartwheel penny, George III, 1797, with engraved illustration of convict on obverse, bronze, NSW, Australia, c. 1810-1820
Made in Australia, Oceania, 1810-1820.
Find out more at https://ma.as/109334 or see it on display in the exhibition Love Is... Australian Wedding Fashion at the #PowerhouseMuseum .
My #BobOdegaard plaque for the @the_commemorative_airforce at Mesa Gateway. On the 24th I'll be attending the opening of his section with his friends and family at the base. The memorial #plaque will be debuted as well. Check out my website for photos of the plaque. It's in my bio.