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Eye Candy for Today: Frank Dicksee’s The Two Crowns

The Two Crowns, Sir Frank Dicksee
The Two Crowns, Frank Dicksee

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable high-res version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Tate Britain.

In a turn of the 20th century painting of a Medieval scene, the crown of a king is seen in a different light when he is struck with the sight (or vision) of a representation of Christ’s crown of thorns.

Dicksee has lavished attention on the rich pageantry of the royal procession — the intricate gleaming armor, the beauty of the women and their luxurious garments and the tossed flowers. All are, in the moralistic nature of the work, meant to contrast the temporal nature of earthly life and the vanity of wealth and power with the presence of the spiritual; but to me (and I think to the artist) they serve much better as an actual indulgence in the beauty of the physical world.

For more, see my post on Sir Frank Dicksee.


2 responses to “Eye Candy for Today: Frank Dicksee’s The Two Crowns

  1. I had an opportunity to see this impressive painting in Tate Britain. Due to the glare and the fact that the painting was hung rather high up, I could only take photos of some details, that is – two ladies in the bottom right corner. I uploaded hi res images in my Dropbox folder and they can be seen here:
    and here:

    1. Wonderful! Thanks, Valentino!