the Chérubin Convex Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

 

 

The Chérubin convex mirror frame is made of a mysterious material that has been filled with plaster and resin.  I re-finished and gilded it silver leaf. Hundreds of Venetian glass rods in clear crystal layer the mirror frame.  Glass cabochons finish the inner frame.  At the end of each “ray” is an oval quartz crystal of amazing clarity.

This mirror is about 12 inches in diameter.  It is in my studio until being shipped to one of my showrooms.

Chérubin is an opera (comédie chantée) in three acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Francis de Croisset and Henri Cain after de Croisset’s play of the same name. It was first performed at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo on 14 February 1905, with Mary Garden in the title role.

The story is a light-hearted addition to Beaumarchais’ Figaro plays, the action taking place soon after that of The Marriage of Figaro, and imagines festivities in celebration of Chérubin’s first military commission and seventeenth birthday. A farcical romp ensues, brought on by Chérubin lusting after each of the female characters and inspiring general confusion.

Mary Garden as Chérubin in Massenet’s opera.

Chérubin, Putti or Cherubs: a winged angelic being described in biblical tradition as attending on God. It is represented in ancient Middle Eastern art as a lion or bull with eagles’ wings and a human face, and regarded in traditional Christian angelology as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.

Raphael’s famous cherubs in his monumental Ascension of the Virgin.A 19th century guache maquette for a ceiling by Jules-Edmond-Charles Lachaise.  Truly “putti rampant”.

 

 

 

 

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The richness of the interior of Basilica San Vitale in Ravenna is truly mind boggling. All the mosaics are executed in the Hellenistic-Roman tradition: lively and imaginative, with rich colors and a certain perspective, and with a vivid depiction of the landscape, plants and birds.  And the gold!