Since I have been on the road I haven’t been able to post many updates on the feeder… ANY updates. So here is an old master edition from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You might remember from my postings from elsewhere that the European Goldfinch is associated with the Crucifixion, because of its red streak, which in legend it got from pulling a thorn from Christ’s head.
More later when I dig some images out of my other camera.
Here is a slightly clearer version:
It looks like the Lord has a pretty good grip on the old finchy toy.
This is a detail from a panel in an altarpiece by Allegretto Nuzi (+1373).
You can see that Sienese thing going on with the eyes, almond-shaped.
Here we have some birds in a still life by Flemish painter Frans Snyders (+1657), mainly crested woodpeckers.
These are from a a still life of a bust of Ceres, goddess of fertility, etc, along with herms of Terminus, the god of boundaries… inter alia.
And, of course, the enemy to all feeders.
Birds having a disagreement.
There is a monkey in the bottom right corner, with an earring. I believe the monkey is from San Francisco. The less said about that sort of thing, the better…