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Encyclopedia > Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows
Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows
John Constable, 1829
Oil on canvas, 151.8 × 189.9 cm
National Gallery, London

Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows was painted by John Constable in 1829, one year after his wife’s death. He later added nine lines from “The Seasons” by 18th Century poet James Thomson that reveal the painting's meaning: That the rainbow is a symbol of hope after a storm that follows on the death of the young Amelia in the arms of her lover Celadon. A self portrait by John Constable John Constable (June 11, 1776 – March 31, 1837) was a British Romantic artist. ... Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1829 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... The National Gallery from Trafalgar Square The National Gallery is an art gallery in London, located on the north side of Trafalgar Square. ... A self portrait by John Constable John Constable (June 11, 1776 – March 31, 1837) was a British Romantic artist. ... James Thomson may be James Thomson poet of the eighteenth century, author of The Seasons James Thomson poet of the nineteenth century, author of The City of Dreadful Night James Thomson, brother of William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin James Thomson, noted cell biologist at UW-Madison This is a disambiguation...


This painting was a personal statement of his turbulent emotions and his changing states of mind. Possible political meanings have been attributed to it, one of which being the clash of industrialization and nature represented through the clash of elements.


Some symbolism in this painting include:

  • Grave marker: symbol of death
  • Ash tree: symbol of life
  • Church: symbol of faith and resurrection
  • Rainbow: symbol of renewed optimism

 
 

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