Monday, 3 October 2011
Le Berceau de la Confédération
Le Berceau de la Confédération (Cradle of the Confederation) was painted by Charles Giron in 1901 and hangs in the Federal Palace in Berne. I hadn't realised, until I looked it up, that it's a mural and enormous. It measures 11.5 metres by 5 meters (38 feet by 16).
I think this picture from Wikipedia gives a better idea of the size because it shows the setting. The scene is Lake Uri, part of Lake Lucerne. In the high resolution picture you can see a fish on the topmost ledge on the left which the artist painted as an April Fool's joke because the parliament building opened on 1 April. He also painted the clouds as a naked woman with an olive branch to symbolise peace, but I don't see that at all.