Heavenly Target
OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 12x10 in

  • Since ancient times, people have seen a reflection of earth in the heavens.
  • The ancient sky was described as if it were woods and pastures.
  • Humans eagerly populated these celestial hunting grounds with familiar animals like deer, bear, and birds.
  • The names of the star signs and constellations are animal names like Scorpio, Cancer, Hydra, Capricorn, and Sagittarius.

The artist depicts a shooting based on the poetic myth of the white-winged bird from Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha." It tells the story of a hunter wounding a large swan, which flew away to the west. The hunter followed its wounded prey and, at the end of the day, saw how the bird's feathers turned scarlet when dipped in the water.