By Jacob Bean
The accumulating of drawings was once lengthy the province of artists themselves. The Florentine Vasari shaped one of many first good sized and systematic collections of drawings, and his instance was once by way of Rembrandt, Rubens, Lely, Reynolds, and Lawrence. nice ecu museums—the Uffizi, the Louvre, the Berlin Museum, and the British Museum—have previous and critical collections of drawings. In the United States public curiosity in drawings is a reasonably fresh improvement our public collections have brief histories. That of the Metropolitan Museum is without doubt one of the oldest within the kingdom, and this is often because of the foresight of Cornelius Vanderbilt.
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It was celebrated in Japan and influenced the Impressionists, especially Vincent van Gogh, who made oil studies of two of the prints. Our Hiroshige print makes me think of silent dinners and watchfulness. It holds some of my secret history and many memories of our family journey from America to Europe in the fifties, from Europe to Australia in the sixties, of our new favourite toy, the Etch A Sketch, sitting in the back window of the car as it disappeared into the ship’s hold (we never saw it again), of our American clothes somehow also lost in the hold of the ship, of our strange new clothes bought in port or on the ship, and the loss of almost everything else familiar twice in a few years.
The forms of other plants from the early days of life on earth, such as cycads, tree ferns and baobabs, in which function finds form in ways that are both direct and extravagant, are similarly bold. The strong simplicity of these forms is resonant and surely connects with some primal image bank within us. Their shapes join and divide with an enormous sense of rhythm, purpose, harmony and balance. To see a thriving Dragon Tree in the clear light of Adelaide and to recognise it as the same as the Tree of Life painted by Hieronymous Bosch is both marvellous and surprising.
Dragon Trees are not strictly speaking trees but large succulents. They originally come from the Canary Islands, known to ancient European civilisations as The Fortunate Islands. The name Islas Canarias is said to be derived from the Latin term Insula Canaria, meaning Island of the Dogs. The original inhabitants of the island, the Guanches, used to worship dogs, mummified them and treated them generally as holy animals. The Islands were claimed by Portugal in 1341 and ceded to Spain in 1479, not long before Bosch painted this image.
100 European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Jacob Bean