Brett Whiteley (1939-1992)

White Dove in Avocado Tree (1979)

The Dove in Art

Edited by Peter Y. Chou

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)
Descent of the Holy Spirit (1510)
Woodcuts from
The Passion of Christ

Venus Comes to the Rescue
British Library, London
Illustrated by Master of the Prayerbooks
from the Roman de la Rose
by Guillaume de Lorris (circa 1230)
& Jean de Meun (circa 1275).
Miniature (circa 1490-1500) shows
"Venus comes to the rescue
in a chariot drawn
by six white doves"

Johann de Bry, Prophecy (engraving)
from Tomi Secundi Tractus (1620)
by Robert Fludd (1574-1637)
This scene may represent Elijah anointing Elisha or
perhaps Samuel anointing David. The horn of oil and
the Spirit in the shape of a dove, issuing from above,
represent the influx of divine grace on the candidate
through the mentor, or Initiator, who acts as a vehicle
of the cosmic force.
James Wasserman, Art and Symbols of the Occult,
Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, 1993, p. 47

Matthieu Merian (1593-1650),
Tree of the Soul (engraving)
from Philosophia Reformata (1622)
by Johan Daniel Mylius (1585-1628)
Reprinted in Musaeum Hermeticum (1625)
Around the Tree are seven spheres of the planetary
forces in the soul which one must traverse and integrate.
See Dove in Alchemy for details.
Adam McLean, The Alchemical Mandala,
Phanes Press, Grand Rapids, MI, 1989, pp. 70-72

Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)
Annunciation (Detail, 1657)
Oil on canvas,
103.1 cm x 104.3 cm
The National Gallery, London
The dove hovering over the Virgin's head
simultaneously symbolizes the fecunding Spirit,
the bird sacred to the Great Mother and Queen
of Heaven, and Mary's submissive innocence.

John Everett Millais (1898-1967)
Return of the Dove to the Ark (1851)
Oil on Canvas, 21.5" x 34.5"
Ashmolean Museum,
Oxford, UK

René Magritte (1898-1967)
La Grande Famille (1963)
The Great Family
Oil on Canvas
81 cm x 100 cm
Private collection

Brett Whiteley (1939-1992)
White Dove in Avocado Tree (1979)
The Brett Whiteley Studio
2 Raper Street
Surry Hills 2010 NSW

Rene Rickabaugh (born 1947)
Jungle Dove (date?)
Image size: 5" x 6.63"
artist bio
commentary on his art

Sandy Byers (born 1956 Monterey, CA)
Mourning Dove Love (date?)
Image size: 9" x 12" pastel
artist bio
artist website

Marie Girio Brummett
(Pennsylvania artist)
Summer Woodland (circa 1991)
Image size: 12" x 18" oil painting
Cover of the August 1991 issue
of Pennsylvania Game News
artist bio
artist website

George Kontaxis
(born Athens, Greece)
Photo: Dove in Flight (1971)
Image size: 6" x4" note card
Empathy Graphics, Inc., NYC

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