summer solstice

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Summer Solstice at the Research Library

Sun hitting the oculus at 12:09 p.m. in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute

“On the Summer Solstice …Whatever is dreamed on this night, will come to pass.” —William Shakespeare, A Midsummernight’s Dream Shakespeare certainly waxed poetic about the charms of the summer solstice, which arrives each year on June 21. (Depending on where… More»

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      From you have I been absent in the spring,
      When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
      Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
      That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him,
      Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
      Of different flowers in odor and in hue,
      Could make me any summer’s story tell,
      Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
      Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
      Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
      They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
      Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
      Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
      As with your shadow I with these did play.

      —William Shakespeare, born April 23, 1564

      Vase of Flowers (detail), 1722, Jan van Huysum. The J. Paul Getty Museum

      04/23/14

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