Depictions of Welding in Art, People, Stamps, and Engineering
Welding in Art
Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan is an oil painting by Diego
de Velázquez completed after his first visit to Italy in 1629. Critics agree that the work
should be dated to 1630, the same year as his painting `Joseph's Tunic`. It appears that
neither of the two paintings were commissioned by the king, although both became part of
the royal collections within a short time. The painting is currently to be found in the Museo
del Prado, Madrid.
It tells a funny passage from mythology, when Apollo
bursts into the forge where Vulcan and the Cyclops are working iron. Observe that Apollo,
the God of arts is beautiful and attractive, while Vulcan is older thinner and cripple. In
fact his body is bent to one side. But everybody seems to be very surprised in front of the
news Apollo is telling. In fact, instead of choosing the most glorious moments of the gods,
Velázquez chooses the most embarrassing. In this case he is telling Vulcan that his wife
Venus, the goddess of beauty and of love is having a love affair with Mars, the god of war,
that, in the other hand is Vulcan's brother. Notice how Velázquez has studied the different
types of men and the power of the word over them. We see the wonderful anatomy of this man,
the detailed muscles that the painter could do so well thanks to his trips to Italy. In fact,
in Spain our artists were not interested in anatomy at all. They didn't know how to paint
it and they had to travel to Italy where they could study the old roman sculpture and the
works of painters like Leonardo or Michelangelo that had studied profoundly this subject.
We see here that Velázquez, like Leonardo was engaged with the search for truth and beauty.
Truth in everything he depicts, that seems to be the fruit of a direct and deeply observation
of reality (notice all the objects represented), and evident beauty in the study of the bodies.
John F. Weir (1841–1926) was an American painter and sculptor.
He was the son of painter Robert Walter Weir, a professor of drawing at the Military Academy
at West Point. His younger brother, J. Alden Weir, also became a well-known artist who painted
in the style of American Impressionism.
Colorized image from Egypt depicting a silversmith in action.
Life Magazine from 1943 depicting a young man holding a
People in Welding
Howard B. Cary.
Hobart Bros. Troy Ohio
Wall-Colmony Detroit Michigan
Used with permission.
Kelly Ettenborough 23 July 2012
Images provided by Dr. Kornienko of E. O. Paton Welding
Images obtained from Benardos Museum.
Vintage Welding Equipment.
This lot consists of a used pair of stamps issued for use
in the South Africa in 1941. This joined pair of used stamps depicts Electric Welding. This
item is priced at £9 in Gibbons latest catalogue.
Stamp images provided by Dr. Kornienko of the E.O. Paton
Stamp images provided by Netherlands Institute of Welding
Sample Weld taken from a failed Liberty Ship.
Astro-Arc Prototype Welder
Astro Arc Prototype Photos
Vintage French Welding Ads
Images provide by Dominique D. from French society SAF magazines (soudeurs.com)
1926 Lincoln Arc Welder
SOLD on eBAY in 2005. This is a portable 110 volt and 200
amp arc welder with a two cylinder water cooled gasoline engine on a steel frame with iron
spoke wheels. There is a great looking control panel with big brass blade switches with weathered
wood handles. Brass tags with Lincoln logo of helmeted welder striking a arc.