Chérisey specifically chose Poussin and Teniers to illustrate the points he was trying to get across, but they encompass whole separate layers of the story.
I agree totally, but in the context of this particular study, we must IMHO try and stick to the 'layers' that de Chérisey actually meant to imply. This is where IMHO the research equalivent of the 'six degrees of separation rule' does most damage...
i must not get bogged down in trying to reply to things i don't fully know the answer to or understand the implications of, okay
Absolutely ok, I'm just trying to follow your thought process
Shepherdess brink of temptation, WHICH Poussin Teniers hold the key, Peace throws a quick whisper at Hermes and continues toward the exit...
...to be read as
Shepherdess [ON THE] brink of temptation, [OF] WHICH Poussin Teniers hold the key, [BUT INSTEAD] Peace throws a quick whisper at Hermes and continues toward the exit...
I see where you're coming from, and I think it's a good catch...Hermes
is a messenger/trickster
god. A guide
who led the dead
into the underworld
. And a protector
of shepherds (and presumably shepherdess
According to The Routledge Handbook of Greek Mythology, the name 'Hermes' is probably derived from 'herma', a cairn or heap of stones that shepherds put up as a boundary marker. The heaps gradually developed into pillars with tops carved in the shape of Hermes' head. Hermes was also a fertility god, and the pillars sometimes featured a phallus or representation of his genitals.
Anyone remember the 'phallic' shaped stone supposedly painted above the Virgin Mary's head by Leonardo (or da Vinci as he is sometimes known)!
A lucky find or treasure trove was considered a gift from Hermes.
Hmmm....all very interesting, but is it just another example of 'six degrees of separation' research? btw I don't mean that in a smart-ass way at all...
In this context, I find Roscoe's posts on Lady Anson interesting. Could she be the 'shepherdess' who was on the brink of temptation, a temptation to which Poussin and Teniers held the key?