APPOINTMENT: Francesco Manacorda TRANQUIL: Claude Monet Water Lilies (Nymphas
) 1916-19 COLOURFUL: Claude Monet Water Lilies 1916 STRIKING: Water Lilies (Nymphas
Nymphas (pictured below) to be offered at Christie's is the largest of nine surviving pictures he painted in 1906.
Real Deal AS well as Monet's Nymphas, the auction will also include the work Portrait of Angel Fern[sz]ndez de Soto, 1903, a "Blue Period" masterpiece by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) which is also expected to go for pounds 30million to pounds 40million.
Catullus 64.17, nudato corpore Nymphas
, which may well have been Valerius's inspiration here.
She feasts her eyes on them, but "sometimes even she gets fed up with watching them and quits": "Ipsa nonnunquam saginatior abeo, si quando viderim illos [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], dum inter nymphas
vnaquaeque hoc sibi videtur diis propior quo caudam longiorem trahit." (b) Assuming, with Miller, that the curious concoction is composed of [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] & [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] ("tail"; akin to [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), she might mean "courtiers parading their long tails" (penises, that is); they are fittingly accompanied by young ladie s ("nymphas
") who take pride in showing off the long trains ("caudam longiorem") which they draw along.
The oars and sail of his rhetorical ship-of-learning-as-a-voyage-of-discovery allegory, We oethrynon mid urum arun tha yoan thaes deopan waelis; we gesawon eac tha muntas ymbe thaere sealtan sae strande, and we mid adhenedum hroegle and gesundfullure windum thaer gewicedon on tham gemoerum thaere foegerestan theode (i.1.145-8), recall Cicero's vela orationis and dialecticorum remis, Curtius' earliest example of his 'nautical metaphors' topos,(1) and his rejection of the pagan Sirens and Muses, Ic hate gewitan fram me tha meremen the synt sirene geciged, and eac tha Castalidas nymphas
(thaet synt dunylfa) tha the wunedon on Elicona thaere dune (iii.1.205-7), which borrows two Aldhelm glosses from the Third Cleopatra Glossary (Ker, No.
Claude Monet's Water Lilies 1916 [umlaut]The Metropolitan Museum of Art/ Art Resource/ Scala, Florence Monet's Water Lilies (Nymphas
), 1916-19 Courtesy Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Basel; left, The Water Lily Pond, 1917-19 Courtesy Albertina Museum (Vienna, Austria)
In 2008 one of these Le Bassin aux Nymphas
sold at Christie's auction house for almost pounds 41m.
Artistic Amy Philips is to have her design for a replica of Monet's classic Le Bassin aux nymphas
, or The Water Lily Pond, built in a park near her home in Burscough, Lancashire.