Panels Based on the Song of Solomon

  Panels Based on the Song of Solomon

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales / Janet Weight Reed

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Two large panels inspired by the Song of Solomon, including the landscape around Crickhowell, child angels and animals.

technique: painting
size: 200 cm (width of each)
artist: Janet Christine Weight Reed
Copyright: Janet Weight Reed

Church of St Edmund, Crickhowell, Powys
south wall

The following passage from the Song of Solomon, integrated with the artist's enjoyment of Crickhowell, is the inspiration for these two panels:
'Arise my love and come to me for the winter is past the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth, the season of singing has come, and the turtle dove is heard in our land' (Song of Solomon 2:10-12).
The panels were commissioned by the Rector Jonathan Vickery, who gave the artist the text and asked her to marry it with her feelings of love for the area. Everything in the painting is symbolic, such as the peacock representing everlasting life and the egg shape representing new life. All of the animals are ones known and loved by the artist, and children from the valley are depicted as angels. The flowers were all picked from the banks of the River Usk, and the big lilies suggest trumpets.

The two panels use the most prominent features in the landscape of Crickhowell; the spire of the parish church, and the sixteeth or seventeenth century bridge, as widened in 1810.


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Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales / Janet Weight Reed

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