Thursday, October 30, 2014


The Holy Ghost in a Hat

Samuel Butler (1835-1902), Notebooks, edd. Geoffrey Keynes and Brian Hill (New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc., 1951), pp. 97-98:
I was with my Aunt Worsley at the National Gallery once, and we were before Van Eyck's portrait of John Arnolfini and his wife (if the picture is, indeed, this). My Aunt mistook it for an Annunciation, and said, 'Dear, dear, what a funny notion to put the Holy Ghost in a hat.'

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