John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

  • Music:

Art on Sunday: Stater

William T. Wiley (born 1937 )
Stater a.k.a. As Wisconsin States into the Future from the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Portfolio, 2001
Color etching, hard ground, aquatint, soft ground
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington

So I was trolling the Smithsonian American Art Museum web site looking for art that could be used to celebrate the Winter Olympics. A keyword search on "skating" turned up 18 works of art. My first thought on seeing this one: "That looks like that Scottish painting." A quick review of my archives helped me find the post I was thinking of: The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch a.k.a. The Skating Minister. As you can see, the image at the center of Wiley's print is a dead ringer for Raeburn's painting. What does a Scottish painting of a minister skating on a frozen loch have to do with the sesquicentennial of Wisconsin? I haven't the slightest idea, though frozen lakes are hardly unknown in Wisconsin. Nor do I have any idea why the treble clef above and to the left of the skating minister is backwards. It's a mystery, though I've taken steps find the answer: I e-mailed the artist's representative to ask about the skating minister, and she wrote back to say she would ask him. Watch this space for the answer!

  • My tweets

    Thu, 19:59: RT @ KatieSveinson: What do women (sport fans) want? Fan clothing that doesn’t suck. Enjoyed writing this for a feature in @…

  • My tweets

    Wed, 18:58: Fuuuuuck no

  • My tweets

    Tue, 16:45: I'm sorry how do you do an #AlexVsAmerica episode centered on cheese and have no chefs from Wisconsin? California, okay, sure, but…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment