Saturday, February 15, 2014

Perceval in Pictures

A medieval illumination of Percival 
Artist: Unknown 
Circa 1330
On the left you can see Perceval receiving the sword from the Fisher King. On the right it looks like the procession of all of the artifacts that Perceval reframed from asking about.

The Attainment: The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors, and Sir Perceval
Number 6 of the Holy Grail tapestries woven by Morris & Co. for Stanmore Hall
Artist: Sir Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, and John Henry Dearle
Circe 1895
I think Perceval is the one kneeling before what I think are three angels protecting the Grail. 

From what I found, it seems Sir Galahad has been depicted in art far more than Perceval.

1 comment:

Ian Kuehne said...

The style of the second tapestry seems like another reflection of nostalgia for medieval times; it looks like the art of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, whose entire purpose was to return to a more medieval style of art. It is interesting how much modernists and people of the late 19th and early 20th centuries seemed to idealize that period, especially since the prevailing view between around 1600 and 1860 was progress and enlightenment away from the middle ages.