Friday, June 5, 2015
Orpheus Greeting the Moon
Elbridge Kingsley, American (1841 - 1915). After Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, French (1796 - 1875). Orpheus Greeting the Moon. No date. Wood engraving on paper. Gift of Dwight W. Tryon. Photography by Petegorsky/Gipe. SC 1915:5-6
Sonnets to Orpheus, part I, lines 1-4:
A tree ascended there. Oh pure transcendence!
Oh Orpheus sings! Oh tall tree in the ear!
And all things hushed. Yet even in that silence
a new beginning, beckoning, change appeared.
— Written by Rainer Maria Rilke in 1923. Translation by Stephen Mitchell