The Hermitage

Painter, illustrator, maker of clocks & teller of tales, who travelled in a house on wheels to the edge of Dartmoor and now sits there amongst books and paint finding beauty in otherness..

This will be a scrapbook of ideas, visuals to inspire, and snippets from my own journey.

http://intothehermitage.blogspot.com

Icon of St George slaying the dragon
'Black George'

"On a recent visit to the British Museum I came across this beautiful icon.It was found in 1959 in a small village in the district of Ilinsky on the Pinega river in Northern Russia by Maria Rozanova, wife of the prominent dissident author Andrei Sinyavsky. It was being used to shutter a barn window. When found all that was visible was an eighteenth century folk painting. Later in Moscow, under the hands of a professional restorer, various layers were stripped off to reveal this extraordinary image of St George slaying a dragon. Experts dated it to the end of the fourteenth century and attributed it to an artist from Pskov. St George sits astride a black rather than the usual white horse, hence Black George, cooly lancing a dragon in the mouth. The red cloak encircling and billowing behind his halo gives him flight.”
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Icon of St George slaying the dragon

'Black George'

"On a recent visit to the British Museum I came across this beautiful icon.
It was found in 1959 in a small village in the district of Ilinsky on the Pinega river in Northern Russia by Maria Rozanova, wife of the prominent dissident author Andrei Sinyavsky. It was being used to shutter a barn window. When found all that was visible was an eighteenth century folk painting. Later in Moscow, under the hands of a professional restorer, various layers were stripped off to reveal this extraordinary image of St George slaying a dragon. Experts dated it to the end of the fourteenth century and attributed it to an artist from Pskov. St George sits astride a black rather than the usual white horse, hence Black George, cooly lancing a dragon in the mouth. The red cloak encircling and billowing behind his halo gives him flight.”

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Outsider art by Jean Billon
Beauvoir-sur-Mer, France
source & source

Outsider art by Jean Billon

Beauvoir-sur-Mer, France

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The oldest picture of the Pied Piper copied from the glass window of the Market Church in Hamelin Germany (c.1300-1633).
Painting by Augustin von Moersperg (1592)
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The oldest picture of the Pied Piper copied from the glass window of the Market Church in Hamelin Germany (c.1300-1633).

Painting by Augustin von Moersperg (1592)

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One of the numberless peasant families looking for luck in Bucharest (1929)
 photograph by Nicolae Ionescu (1903-1975)
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One of the numberless peasant families looking for luck in Bucharest (1929)

 photograph by Nicolae Ionescu (1903-1975)

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Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen,  (possibly by)
Laughing Fool
ca. 1500Oil on panel

Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen,  (possibly by)


Laughing Fool

ca. 1500
Oil on panel


Magic scroll
Ethiopia
Early 19th century
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Magic scroll

Ethiopia

Early 19th century

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elaine4queen:

oldbookillustrations:

The old woman went out to ask the moon the way to Soria Maria’s castle.
Erik Werenskiold, from Fairy tales from the far North, by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, London, 1897. Via archive.org.

elaine4queen:

oldbookillustrations:

The old woman went out to ask the moon the way to Soria Maria’s castle.

Erik Werenskiold, from Fairy tales from the far North, by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, London, 1897.
Via archive.org.

from Tales of the Amur
illustrated by Gennady Pavlishin
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from Tales of the Amur

illustrated by Gennady Pavlishin

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G. Tkachenko: Bazaar in the inner city of Samarkand
from an early issue of “Soviet Photo” magazine (c.1920s)
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G. Tkachenko: Bazaar in the inner city of Samarkand

from an early issue of “Soviet Photo” magazine (c.1920s)

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Weles
Stanisław Jakubowski
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Weles

Stanisław Jakubowski

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Jonkvrouw
by Jose van Kleef

Jonkvrouw

by Jose van Kleef