Eras in Color
When day and night meet
a solar eclipse happens.
When earth and heaven meet
a color records what happened.
Colors the universe’s eclipse
join Earth with heaven in arts
in earthy umbers and divine violets.
Where color in clothing marks
ranks, power, and influences.
art marks events and eras
via brushes mixing colors.
Brushes dabbed in earthy umbers
mark baroque and renaissance eras.
Portraits of daily lifestyles and struggles
like Vermeer’s milkmaid or Rembrandt's
self portrait played light and dark shades.
Until Pissaro’s impressionistic brushes
ended those dull umbers with brighter browns.
That was the end of drab earthy colors
marking the rise of heavenly bright umbers.
Violet the last of visible colors
marks divine shades and power’s key figures.
Violets differ from purples being closer to blues
depicting heavens, togas, angels, bishops and kings.
What started as Tyrian purple from Murex shells
on Lebanese shores reached America in Purpura’s
sea urchins and Egypt in crushed mulberries.
Madonna and Child, Giotto’s masterpiece
and Rokotov’s Catherine the Great were violets’
renaissance marking the divine and royalists.
Cobalt violets from Monet and Signac’s
works marked the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Contemporary leaders like Obama and Bush wore violets.
Today science made violet electric with monochromatic lamps.