THE ASTRONAUT´S BOOK of HOURS - APOLLO to the MOON © 2014
This painting is inspired by an illustration representing the month of June from a medieval Book of Hours known as the Tres Riches Heures. Books of Hours were prayer books and the artworks contained in them form an important record of life in the 15th and 16th centuries.In my version, the arches enclose the namesake of the program to land men on the moon, the Greek sun god Apollo. Floating among gold stars above are the Command Service Module and the Saturn V Rocket. The names of all the Command Modules are written in the top arch, while the bottom arch holds the names of the Lunar Modules. The traditional castle has been replaced by a Lunar Module on the surface of the moon. The astronauts use tools to scoop and rake the Lunar soil. The Earth hovers in the sky above their Lunar Rover and the American flag. The Apollo program, like life in a medieval village, is now a thing of the past. With this painting I wished not only to pay an homage to a style of artwork I always liked, but to draw a comparison between the contemporary illustrations of medieval life in it´s heyday and my contemporary depiction of the time when we first tilled the soil of another world..