Sir Frederic Leighton (Scarborough, North Yorkshire 1830-1896 London), Jonathan’s Token to David, ca.1868, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota
Steadfast old Väinämöinen got his harp,
sat down to play, began to play beautifully.
Everybody starts to listen to that, to marvel at the joyous music,
the men in a good mood, the women with laughing mouths,
men with tears in their eyes, boys on their knees on the ground.
The people grew weary, the country folk get worn out;
all the listeners fell asleep and the onlookers sank down;
the young slept the old slept to Väinämöinen’s music.
Detail : Perseus. 1545-50. Benvenuto Cellini. Italian 1500-1571. bronze. Piazza della Signoria. Florence.
Apollo Playing the Lute. 1874. Briton Riviere. British 1840-1920. oil /canvas.
Roman flute player 19s NAM Naples