By some complete oversight I forgot to post on here about my painting of the Night Sky, June 15th 1215. This what you’d have seen – roughly speaking – if you’d looked heavenwards on the night Magna Carta was sealed eight hundred years ago.
The painting was originally planned for Lincoln, which possesses one of the four original copies of Magna Carta, and where I had my first large solo exhibition in 2003. Alas that didn’t work out.
The painting is on canvas with acrylics, inks, pigments and dyes, with pure siver leaf. There is a barely visible image of the world as it was perceived in the Middle Ages (divided into three continents) underlying the painting of the sky with its stars and constellations.
I wonder if King John consulted any astrologers/soothsayers before this momentous event was thrust upon him? it was a not uncommon thing to do. I’m not an astrologer: I wonder what the omens were? Anyone able to tell me?