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,
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 welding torch.
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 Institute.
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 Welding Institute.
Stamp images provided by Netherlands
Institute of Welding (NIL).
Sample Weld taken from a failed
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.