Welcome December-blog

Welcome, December this is the month of the miracles and great joy.

‘Well go home, take antibiotic and stay in bed my doctor advised and I did as he was told.’ When you are sick  you are feeling guilty about it. I can’t shake  the illness standing up. However in a sense time is more time to think.

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For years now, I wanted  to be older, and now  I am.

Since, we’ve tried to understand time nature. Why/ In order  to control time. But time is a mystery, an extravagant gift, not controlled. And it doesn’t matter what kind of time it is  Greenwich, daylight saving, eastern, central or pacific. For  centuries, poets, mystics, philosophers, artists  have pondered  time’s enigma.  Henry  Van Dyke wrote:

“Time is Too slow for those who Wait,

Too swift for those who Fear,

Too long for those who Grieve,

Too short for those who Rejoice,

But for those who Love,

Time is not.”

Since the Middle Ages, painters remind us that in fact we need to hurry because we host only fleetingly in this world. Sixteenth-century master of Strasbourg Hans Baldung Grien of obsessive, cruel showed passion play, which was doing time with us. In the image of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, a young woman with full shapes arranged long, golden hair.

Hans Baldung Grien Details of The Three Stages of Life,with Death oil painting picture

Hans Baldung Grien Details of The Three Stages of Life, with Death oil painting picture


Mirror suggests her dry old man with the withered breasts and incomplete dentition.Transparent loincloth girl with one hand upholds cupid, on the other zombie grabs her holding above its overhead hourglass. Busy another woman had not even noticed lurking carcasses.

In painting clocks usually play a deterrent role – signaled their badness worldly affairs, telling them to turn around and ponder the prospect of eternity. It is no coincidence clock hanging over the head of a young woman: alluring, soft body passes soon as possible – still living from it will be skin and bones. The clock is the enemy of man in his bodily existence: opposed satisfaction, which provide the senses, especially sight and touch. You can even recognize that the clock symbolically undermines the essence of painting. After all, painters perpetuate what temporary and fragile, drawing inspiration from visible matter. Vanitas, or “vanity” – as determined by the type of performances, in which a set of symbolic objects reminiscent of the fragility of life and undivided dominion of death.philippe-de-champangne1

The seventeenth-century French artist Philippe de Champaigne brought to the essence of an hourglass theme: sand clock showed on the stone windowsill next to the tulip and the skull. Masterfully captures the reflections in the water-filled vase, polished bone and glass: the transience of life of these characters cause chills. On the other hand, still lifes champion Sebastian Stoskopff next to the skull, on heavy volume of the Bible, set the sundial. This precision instrument is a sign of finitude. But he could still carry more cheerful associations: does not require tuning, used to regulate the mechanical clocks, it was also a symbol of eternity.

Sebastien Stoskopff La Grande Vanite

German mathematician, clockmaker, and astronomer Nicholas Kratzer developed a multiple sundial: the portrait of Hans Holbein the scholar presents his elaborate invention. The same device placed at a German painter of enigmatic “Ambassadors”. The clock is here, however, two different times, and in addition, is set to the latitude of North Africa, rather than London, where he posed models suggested Could artist shortcomings of knowledge resulting from the restrictions of human nature?


Nicholas Kratzer worked at the court of King Henry VIII, who ordered luxuriously finished clocks.


Double Portrait of Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (“The Ambassadors”), 1533. Oil and tempera on oak, National Gallery, London- detail


Double Portrait of Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (“The Ambassadors”), 1533. Oil and tempera on oak, National Gallery, London.

Renaissance aristocracy prided itself in having complicated instruments: exposed them as a sign of scientific interest and high culture. But timers on paintings not only served to count hours of death.

Lorenzetti’s Allegory of Good Government

Lorenzetti’s Allegory of Good Government.

The first clock in the history of Western painting showed the Sienese town hall, Ambrogio Lorenzetti. On the fresco “Allegory of good governance” of 1338 years wields enormous hourglass Temperantia – the personification of the virtues of moderation.

Ambrogio Lorenzetti detail

Interestingly, this attribute is derived from an erroneous etymology which Temperantia associated with the word “tempus” (time). When in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, this allegorical figure were brought to France, on the way mentioned hourglass on a mechanical clock. As cogs need for regulation, so man must inhibit impulses. But though the clock is associated today with precision, medieval timers were sometimes very imperfect. Just as if hurrying coming late to watch a weak man must constantly morally wind up, be careful not to fall out of rhythm. In the illustration to “Epitre d’Othe” Christine de Pisan (1454) with the assistance of the four cardinal virtues Temperantia complicated set pendulum clock: like their behavior should tune sinners. At the end of the Middle Ages, together with buoyant, growth of cities and the revival of trade, increasingly they were aware that time is money. To date, night planned out according to the seasons of prayer, which incited the bells.

In the South, they beat as indicated by sundials, and the North fulfill the same function Water and sand hourglass. These not very accurate instruments indicated local time: interval between successive divine services were shorter in winter, and lengthen the summer.

Today – “I do not have time” is one of the most commonly spoken by our sentences. “People do not have time for life” I’m late, I’m late –  -” He’d breathe out the words, shoving the watch back into his pocket before taking off of its waistcoat-pocket, and looked at…. 🙂


If you think about it for a moment, try to spend the moment that you can think like………………………………………

                             “Oh, it was a great time”

                              “it was a wonderful meeting”

after the meeting with people. So, you can start having enriched moments of your life every day and every moment.  Maybe Today is that day of these days You’ll be able to give yourself a gold star for being ordinary or extraordinary or maybe this is day You won’t need to have a star at all because  You are star!!!!



If  you’re sick stop feeling guilty, give  yourself permission to drop out or as long as you really need to in order to get well.



About conservationwithella

Hello, I'm Ella, Art on Paper Conservator & Preservation Manager at Glasgow University Archives and Special Collections. This blog is a walk through my daily life, work, arts & crafts history, my discovery that everything in my life is enough to be a continuous source of reflection. I started blogging to entertain myself but I hope you enjoy it too. I'm sure you agree, that Life without art is nothing. :)

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