Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Love, Sorrow, Hate

Three paintings by famed Finnish artist Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905), representing contrasting emotions.
A mother's love: Queen Blanka of Norway and Sweden ( born Blanche of Namur) with her son Haakon.
A family's sorrow: the burial of a young Finnish child.
The hatred of deadly foes: Duke Karl, (later Charles IX of Sweden), insulting the corpse of his enemy, Klaus Fleming, governor of Finland. Fleming had been a vigorous supporter of the legitimate King of Sweden, Sigismund, whom Karl dethroned. Legend has it that when the victorious Duke burst into the room, he taunted Fleming (who had died conveniently of apoplexy at a critical moment during the civil war- at the time, people suspected he had been murdered), pulling his beard and gloating: "If you were alive, your head would not be very secure." The governor's fearless widow responded: "If my late lord were alive, you would not have entered this chamber."

1 comment:

MadMonarchist said...

As they say, I don't know much about art, but I know what I like and that first painting especially is beautiful. Listen to me going all softie...