‘Ranworth Angel and the Monarch’
Acrylic and Pen on Box Canvas.
Framed and ready to hang. Finished framed size - 57cm x 57cm
Oak effect frame – 4cm wide x 2cm deep. Overall depth – 4cm.
Inspired by one of the angels which form part of the greatest Rood screens in East Anglia. It is in St. Helens church, Ranworth, Norfolk. Their typically English features, and their feathered bodies, are regular features of the Norwich School of Glass Painting, which flourished in the fifteenth century. Such angels appear in the tracery lights of many windows throughout Norfolk.
The Monarch's migration to Mexico coincides with the 'Day of the Dead' when the dead are remembered. It is believed the butterflies are their returning spirits and symbols of the human soul.
''Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.'' Henry David Thoreau, quoted in the Guardian.