Maria’s Book Club title for May – Eternal Love
May 13, 2015

Hi, Maria here.

There’s so much talk of weddings during the month of May – not just in general but in our office here at Living Paintings! Three members of the team are getting married this year. So exciting and heart-warming. It draws me to this Touch to See Book Club title, Eternal Love.

Beata Beatrix painted by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

This book features two tactile images depicting romantic love. The first is of Beata Beatrix painted by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. In this iconic Pre-Raphaelite work Rossetti draws a parallel between Italian poet Dante’s despair at the death of his beloved Beatrice and his own grief at the death of his wife Elizabeth Siddal. It shows his beloved Lizzie in the character of Beatrice. It has a hazy quality, giving the sensation of a dream or vision, and is filled with symbolic references. 

Eternal Love Touch to See Book title pack contents

The second image is The Death of Harold, from the Victorian replica of the Bayeux Tapestry in Reading Museum.  Whereas his dramatic death is well-known, his love for Edith Swan-Neck, his mistress, is less documented. Folklore has it that Edith walked through the carnage of the battlefield and identified Harold by marks on his body, known only to her.

The two tactile pictures portray extreme emotions – the joyous pain and passion of love and the grievous pain of loss and bereavement. I think this famous quote by Mother Theresa sums up eternal love really well: “love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand.” 

I hope you enjoy this title. It is available in our library at the moment so don’t delay, borrow today!

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