The grand beauty of the German Alps were this German painter’s favorite subject.
If men won’t listen, preach to the birds.
The title for this painting comes from the refrain of a popular song “Ye Shepherds Tell Me” by Joseph Mazzinghi, a pastoral glee for a trio of male voices, which mentions Flora wearing “A wreath around her head, around her head she wore, / Carnation, lily, lily, rose”.
Constable never imagined how famous his work would become. He wrote “My art will never be popular” and “My art is far too modern”.
The old hoard the Night shall keep, / while earth waits and the Elves sleep.