jueves, 23 de junio de 2016
DESDE EL MONTE DE LOS OLIVOS
Edward Lear ( English artist, illustrator, author and poet) 1812 - 1888
Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, Sunrise, 1859
oil on canvas
40 × 60.3 cm. (15.7 × 23.7 in.)
signed with initials and dated '1859' (lower left)
Forced to abandon two previous expeditions to Jerusalem due to disease and hardship, first in 1849 with his friend Thomas Cross and then in 1854 with the artist William Holman Hunt, Edward Lear finally arrived in the city on March 27, 1858. Lear's arduous attempts to reach Jerusalem proved well worth his efforts as his diary reveals a man deeply moved by what he found there. In one of his first reflections on the city, Lear wrote, 'We crossed the Kidron & went up the Mount of Olives -- every step bringing fresh beauty to the city uprising behind. At the top, by the Church of Ascension the view is wonderfully beautiful indeed' (Diary, 28, iii.58 in V.Noakes, Edward Lear 1812-1888, London, 1985, p. 149).