The Sword and the Chalice
Charcoal and pastel on paper
22 x 12 inches
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City
Two simple but powerful images. The Sword and the Chalice have been linked to Arthurian legends, the Knights Templar, and the Holy Grail.
The 20th century saw the Grail or Chalice undergo a huge variety of transformations. In the 1920s, it was proposed as a fertility symbol, the cup and sword being female and male respectively. At the same time, followers of modern magic traced a kind of mystical Grail back to medieval secret writings.
New versions of the Grail story appeared. The Knights Templar, a medieval military order that existed for more than 200 years, were first suggested as keepers of the Grail, while other writers preferred a connection with the Cathars, a religious sect of the 12th and 13th centuries.