The four paintings in Celeste’s hallway
Now that November is upon us, the trees are turning brightly autumnal and the weather will soon turn cold. That said, I’m probably feeling it more acutely than usual because Captured in the Shadows, the book I’m currently writing, is set during the heat of August, 2014.
Harold, an English expat living in the fictitious Italian village of San Giorgio, has hooked up with Celeste, who grew up in the village, to solve a puzzle that Celeste’s grandmother left behind when she died.
Four copied works of art hang in the hallway of the house that Celeste inherited and they appear to be important pieces of the puzzle.
From left and then left to right below, they are: Diana at her bath, Alexandre Jaques Chantron (19th century); Partisans, Nicholas Roerich (1943); Theseus and the minotaur, Masters of the Cassoni Campana (1510s); and, Danaë and the Shower of Gold, Léon Comerre (1908).
NB: Only a detail from Theseus and the minotaur is shown below.