Mary Shelley, you know the name, don't you? You should recognize her as the author of "Frankenstein", a novel which she wrote when she was in her late teens. She was the wife of the poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. There is a great deal of detailed information at the poetry foundation website about her and you may find it here. Fascinating story of her life!
There were two instances this week that made me think of her.... Today, on the BBC website, there was a list given of the top 20 British novels and her book was listed at number nine.
Also, this past week, there was news about the Mona Lisa, the famous painting by Da Vinci. The news was that by some kind of technology that there might be different paintings UNDERNEATH the Mona Lisa painting. Now, what was I trying to tell you before science reared its ugly head? Oh yes, Mary Shelley....well, you see, the Mona Lisa made me think of another one of the masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper. And when I happened to look just a bit further...I happened upon something written by Mary Shelley when she saw the painting of The Last Supper in Italy...
"First we visited the fading inimitable fresco of Leonardo da Vinci. How vain are copies! Not in one, nor in any print, did I ever see the slightest approach to the expression in our Saviour's face, such as it is in the original. Majesty and love - these are the words that describe it - joined to an absence of all guile that expresses the divine nature more visibly than I ever saw it in any other picture."
The Poetry Foundation article that I have the link to above, states that although Mary Shelley was most well known for her works of fiction, she was a most excellent writer and she should also be known for her works of NON fiction. (Okay, they worded it much better than my paraphrase, but you get the idea, right?)
Anyway, rather than to just think of Mary Shelley as the author of Frankenstein, I will remember her description of "The Last Supper".
"Majesty and love".
The above is a photo of a painting that we saw at the Monastery which is very close to where we live in Rockdale County. In all the rush of the season, I am grateful to be so close to this quiet retreat.
And one more thing, I thought to have the list of the 20 top novels that I mentioned, but since I thought that didn't fit, I took them out. Somehow, that made everything go kind of strange with a ghostly background in white, I really don't know how to fix that or delete it!