Friday, June 1, 2018

All the Frills: Picturing Namesakes

When we did a little redecorating recently I also used it as an opportunity to make sure that I had a picture of each of Eleanor’s namesakes hanging in her room.

Her first middle name, Elizabeth, was easy as I already own about 15 framed portraits of Elizabeth I. I cut out and framed images from a Rifle Paper Company queens desk calendar to have a more whimsical portrait of Elizabeth (in this case a take on the Armada portrait) and also put a small version of the Ermine portrait I already had in Eleanor’s room.

Her first name, Eleanor, was a bit harder to find an image for as Eleanor of Aquitaine was never the subject of a portrait that has survived. So I settled for an image of her tomb (and I do need to get a photo of Eleanor Roosevelt in here as my Eleanor is named like 80% for Eleanor of Aquitaine but 20% for the former First Lady).

Finally there was her second middle name, Medea. And this one was the real challenge as the only real images of Medea are depictions on Attic vases and pottery, none of which really print and frame well as they’re three-dimensional objects being photographed. So I spent a lot of time doing some digging and came up with this print of a costume decided for an eighteenth-century French court ballet production of Euripides’s Medea. I think my digging paid off!

Weekend Reading:


Unknown said...

These pictures are beautiful!

Cee said...

I really do love how much historical significance Eleanor's name has - not that I ever doubted it would! Decorating her room with all of her namesakes is such a wonderful choice, too.

Monica said...

Mónica Sors

awhite said...

This is such a cool way to celebrate Eleanor's namesakes- she is going to LOVE these stories as she gets older!

Le Stylo Rouge

Lydia said...

Those fashion fails are just so ridiculous. I wonder who buys them?? Do they exist simply because someone thought it would be funny?

I always like to imagine that if I were ever mugged, I wouldn't give up my bag either, and I don't even have a designer purse.

Lorena said...

Oh wow how interesting that you would have pictures of her namesakes. I knew about Elizabeth but not Mede and Eleanor.
My first name was chosen because my grandmother figured it was a "lucky name"... what can i say?