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James Christensen The Man Who Minds The Moon

" THE MAN WHO MINDS THE MOON "
James Christensen
March 2014

125 s/n Giclee Canvas
22" x 18"
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September 2014 - The Man Who Minds The Moon - James Christensen


Once again finding inspiration in the works of Shakespeare, James Christensen’s "The Man Who Minds the Moon"
originates from a passage in the play "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." From there, the other thirteen of sixteen
symbols and references to the moon are the result of his extremely curious and entertaining mind.
“Our fascination with the moon encompasses thousands of years . . . from the dawn of civilization to the
exploration of the lunar surface,” explains Jim. “Intrigued by Shakespeare, I set out to capture the mythological
essence of man's relationship with the moon. In my quest, I traveled back in time and across continents. 'The
Man Who Minds the Moon' incorporates symbolism from astrology, Ancient Babylonia, the Orient, Greece,
the natural world, Shakespeare and Medieval Europe.”

"The Man Who Minds the Moon" is a collector favorite because it showcases so many of the things that are
loved about Christensen’s art: his style, his personality and layer after of layer of content just waiting to
be to be uncovered. This Fine Art Anniversary Edition Canvas is as entertaining as it is beautiful and certain
to be the focal point of any room in which it hangs.

There are sixteen moon-related symbols in James C. Christensen's "The Man Who Minds the Moon."
Can you find them?

 

 


1. The waxing moon (a masculine symbol according to some cultures)
2. The moonstone has been used in jewelry for centuries, including ancient civilizations
3. The astrological moon sign of Cancer is the crab
4. The cow who “jumped over the moon” from the English nursery rhyme
5. In ancient Babylonia, the moon god, Sin, has a blue beard
6. The staff said to be carried by the Man in the Moon in old European folktales
7. The hourglass as a symbol of time
8. According to Chinese myth, the hare lives in the moon
9. The Ancient Greek phrase from the Latin epic poem, Aeneid,
“Who sings the wandering moon and the stars,” is embroidered on the tunic
10. Shakespeare: Symbols from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act V, Scene i: the character Moonshine’s Dog . . .
11. Lantern . . .
12. . . .and thornbush. (Note: the thornbush refers to a legend first recorded in the twelfth
century wherein “ a rustic stole a bundle of thorns and was exiled to the moon as punishment.”)
13. The moon as rules the tides of the ocean
14. The owl is the symbol of Athena, goddess of the moon
15. Moon shells (Naticidae)
16. Moon fish (Lampris guttatus)

The Man Who Minds The Moon - James Christensen

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