Charles Meynier's Wisdom Defending Youth from the Arrows of Love Painting

Charles Meynier's Wisdom Defending Youth from the Arrows of Love Painting at the National Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

I don't usually write about art and I am not an art expert but I am definitely interested in the subject. I am taking an art class at the National Art Gallery through the University of Carleton's Learning in Retirement program and have encountered some stories that I would like to share here with you.

Just in time for Valentine's Day we discussed Charles Meynier's Wisdom Defending Youth from the Arrows of Love. It is a magnificent, large painting the theme of which is drawn from the classic 17th-century story by François Fénelon called The Adventures of Telemachus, the story of Ulysses’ son. A love story, of sorts. Definitely seemed appropriate for the day we viewed it because of the cupids attacking with their arrows of love.

The story goes that the youth Telemachus dreams of two choices. In the first option, Venus, the goddess of love, offers him a life of pleasure and luxury and in the second, Minerva, the warrior-goddess of wisdom, offers a life of struggle, virtue and glory. Telemachus is tempted, but will give up on the life of pleasure for the more noble option.

According to the National Art Gallery's website, critics at the time of the painting in 1810 questioned the youth's decision and asked:

"Is he (Telemachus) being prevented from falling into temptation, or had he already fallen? If Wisdom were not there, would he be able to resist? Was he faithlessly abandoning his sleeping beloved? What of the next time he was faced with a similar choice?"

The critics of the day may have had questions but they apparently liked the emotional balance of desire and regret shown in this image. Meynier's works were popular in his time and later lost some of that popularity when, according to the Press Reader, neoclassical works like this were deemed "boring and contrived." Today, they have regained popularity and this painting was acquired to fill a spot in the Art Gallery's collection.

Wisdom Defending Youth from the Arrows of Love is considered one of Meynier's best works. It was purchased by the Art Gallery in the summer of 2015 from a private collector. Exact details of pricing and the seller's name are not shared with the public.

When you visit The National Art Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, make sure to take a look at this painting. I find any painting more more interesting when I know the story it tells. You can find it in the European Art Collection.

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In Ottawa!

Vintage Hawaiian T-Shirt

Vintage Hawaiian T-Shirt

It is no secret around my home that I love Hawaii. I always have and I always will. I have been privileged to visit twice and I would love to go back.

My love of Hawaii translates directly into a love of Hawaiian things like this amazing vintage t-shirt. It is from the 1970s. In size small, it might actually fit me, LOL. Since it is a vintage shirt, it is helpful that the Etsy seller shares the fact that the chest is 38 inches.

I think it is perfect despite the obvious flaw on the image. (The scrape on the black hair.) This tee definitely has a Hawaiian islands feel to it and it also shares a retro, boho and maybe even hippie vibe. None of those things really describes my style but I love this shirt anyway.

You will find ShannonMyIndi's vintage t-shirts on Etsy by clicking right here. Of course, if it is not a vintage t-shirt you are after, you might enjoy looking at huge selection of other vintage pieces.



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Hocus Pocus Halloween T-Shirt

Hocus Pocus Halloween T-Shirt

Here's another Halloween item sure to make you smile though this time it is a fun t-shirt instead of my usual coffee mug, LOL. It reads, "It's Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus" which references in part the truth or reality of that before you and in part the very successful 1993 movie Hocus Pocus, which has a cult-like following and which starred Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker.

If you are looking for a fun Halloween shirt, you might consider this one, which you can find on Etsy by clicking right here. I love wearing a Halloween-themed tee in the month of October. How about you?

Halloween is coming! 

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Hocus Pocus Halloween T-Shirt

Hocus Pocus Halloween Tee

Boo Y'all Halloween Coffee Mug

Boo! Y'all Halloween diner-style coffee mug.
Every now and then a coffee mug makes me smile and I like to share it here with you on my this blog. In this case, I was perusing the internet looking for an interesting Halloween specimen. I found this one and it made me smile.

It is a hand painted diner-style coffee mug. Diner-style, in case you do not know, means that it is thick walled and heavier than your average coffee mug. It is microwave and dishwasher save.

It reads, “Boo! Y’all” and is done in the seasonal Halloween colors of orange and black.

The creator lives in the southern parts of the United States though she says she is not from there. That, she explains, is where the ‘Y’all’ comes from. It is an expression that people in and from that part of the world are reported to use. It is, I guess, sort of like the word "Eh" that Canadians like myself are reputed to say. Since the creator, Diane of Knotwork Shop, was willing to admit that she uses y’all, I must admit that I sometimes use eh.

Diane also says that she thought that “booyah” sort of sounds like “boo! Y’all” and that that was the inspiration for the expression on this mug. Booyah, by the way is used when you are excited about something. I believe it even has a corresponding hand movement.

Note that the mug is hand painted and made to order, and therefore it is likely to vary slightly from the picture. Diane says that she is happy to customize it, which you can buy from Etsy by clicking right here.

Boo! Y'all

Happy haunting to y'all!

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CorningWare French White Casserole Dish

This is the only pan you need to bake all of of my pudding cakes and of course a host of other great casseroles. (Find my Best-Ever Chocolate Pudding Cake recipe here.) I love mine and use it for pudding cakes but also for bread pudding, casseroles and for advance preparation of side dishes for holiday dinners.

CorningWare is a fairly tough material that can be used in your oven, microwave, refrigerator and freezer. It resists chipping and cracking but is not break proof. I was given a set as a wedding gift and I am still using and loving it more than 20 years later. One of the lids has a chip but the dishes themselves are in the same condition as they were when I was given them in 1989. I also love the fact that they do not seem to be dated and that they look nice on a table that is casual or on a table that is even a bit fancier than that.

CorningWare comes with a 10-year warranty but all of my pieces have far outlived that warranty.

If you don't own a set, I would recommend buying one and if you are looking for a TOP-RATED GIFT idea for someone newly married, getting married or setting up house for the first time, I would consider buying the set. I am not sure what else you can buy that is so versatile AND so economically priced.

See you
in the kitchen!

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