The Fall Of PhaetonRampley & Co
Peter Paul Rubens 1577 – 1640, The Fall of Phaeton, c.1604/5
This pocket square features the ancient Greek myth of Phaeton. Rubens depicts the myth at the height of its action, with thunderbolts being hurled by Zeus to the right. These provide the light contrast needed to facilitate the display of horror on the faces of Phaeton, the horses and other figures while preserving the overall darkness of the event. The butterfly-winged female figures represent the hours and seasons, who react in terror as the night and day cycle becomes disrupted. The great astrological circle that arches the heavens is also disrupted and the assemblage of bodies form a diagonal oval in the centre, perfectly separating the dark and light sides of the canvas.
The wonderful thing about printed paintings on pocket squares is that they can produce a number of different effects depending on how they are folded and creates a great topic for conversation once pulled out of the breast pocket.