My friend Rose Hughes is debuting her latest book, Fast-Piece Applique and I’m tickled to be included on the tour.
Rose is a seasoned author – this is her 4th book! I met Rose while she was writing her third book, and lucky me, she was a great mentor when I began the work on mine. She is definitely a person that I look forward to hugging at industry meets like Quilt Market!
One of the cool things about Rose’s new book is the triptych format of the projects – they are created with the elements in either groups of three or panels of three:
Photo Credit: Brent Kane/ Martingale
Art history geek alert!
The triptych has a long history in art, and rose to prominence in western, Christian-based, religious iconography during the Middle Ages. The center panel would show a major scene from the Bible (usually from the life of Jesus), and the two side panels would be supporting elements of the story.
Often, the side panels were hinged, creating doors to cover the main panel. This was used extensively on altarpieces – once the services were done the doors were closed, and the smaller altarpieces were then carried back to safe storage.
The picture below is a great example of a triptych: the center panel is Mary and the baby Jesus (the format is known as “Madonna and Child Enthroned”), flanked by angels and saints, announcing the child’s birth. The side panels show John the Baptist, who came before Jesus, and John the Evangelist, who came after.
The Donne Altarpiece by Hans Memling
The kneeling characters in the main panel are the poet and cleric, John Donne, and his wife and daughter. Donne likely commissioned this to show his piety and dedication to the Church (paintings that include their patrons are called “donor portraits”) – while making sure that he was acknowledged for his donation. It was like getting one’s name listed on a publicly displayed donor roster. Why a portrait and not a list? Back then, reading was something only the wealthy were able to do, so pictoral religious art functioned as cartoons for the unwashed – if you could “read” the pictures, you could grasp the stories.
One of the most magnificent altarpieces is a polyptych (poly = many) tour-de-force by brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck, known as the Ghent Altarpiece:
Go here for a really detailed hi-res peek and here to see what it looks like closed.
And now, back to regular programming!
Rose has planted free patterns at each hop, and I chose the FIRE Heart pattern to share with you! FIRE conjures up ORANGE for me, so it was a great fit!
ALSO – yes, a giveaway! Please leave a comment below to win a digital copy of the book. Rather than tell me which word you would make using Rose’s techniques (because we just talked about words last week!), tell me what your favorite piece of fine art is, and why it moves you! I’ll choose a winner on Jan 16th. – UPDATE: winner chosen and notified!
Don’t forget to pick up the rest of the WORDS – here’s the list of stops – their posting day and #loveletterhearts WORD
Jan 5th- KISS– Victoria Findlay Wolfe http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com
Jan 6th – SOUL– Natalie Barnes http://beyondthereefpatterns.blogspot.com
Jan 7th – SEXY –Maddie Kertay http://www.badassquilterssociety.com
Jan 8th – SWAK– Teri Lucas-Generation Q http://generationqmagazine.com
Jan 9th – LEAP– Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com
Jan 12th- LUST– Megan Dougherty http://thebitchystitcher.blogspot.com
Jan 13th – HUGS– Jenny Wilding Cardon http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
Jan 14th – FIRE– Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com
Jan 15th – SING — Rachel Biel-TAFA http://www.tafalist.com/blog/
Jan 16th – ROCK, WILD, XOXO — Rose Hughes http://rosehughes.blogspot.com
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