Sunday, July 19, 2009

Isabella and the Pot of Basil

One thing I love about what I do with finding vintage or antique items is discovering their past. Every item tells a story whether it be about the person who owned them, the person who designed it or why they were created and popular at a certain time period whereas other items literally have a story to share.

The below images are of a vintage print called "Isabella and the Pot of Basil" I'm currently selling at Vintage by LouLou. When I reasearched the story behind the piece I found that it was created by an artist called John White Alexander in 1897. His work was based on a Keats poem whose own work was inspired by Renaissance stories.

Unfortunately Isabella and the Pot of Basil tells the tragic story of a young woman who was to marry a nobel man but instead falls in love with a family employee, called Lorenzo. When her brothers find out this information they murder the young man. Lorenzo comes to Isabella in a vision on where to find his body and once she recovers him keeps his severed head in a Basil Pot that she lovingly cares for.

As for the artist himself, John White Alexander was a sucessful American Impressionist who's work is currently been shown at the American Impressionist Exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery.



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