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Model A | Ford (USA)———————————-1903 • 101 cu in/1,668 cc, V2 • 8 bhp/5.9 kW • unknown • 30 mph/48 kph—————————-“When He...
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Model A | Ford (USA)
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1903 • 101 cu in/1,668 cc, V2 • 8 bhp/5.9 kW • unknown • 30 mph/48 kph
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“When Henry Ford sold his Model A to Dr. Ernst Pfenning of Chicago on July 20, 1903, the newly formed Ford Motor Company of Detroit had just 💲223.65 (£144) remaining in the bank. The company had been incorporated one month earlier with 💲28,000 (£18,502) in capital, fortunately for Ford the 💲750 (£484) two-seater Model A proved to be a success. He sold 1,750 of them in 1903 and 1904, making a profit of almost 💲39,000 (£25,150) in the first three months alone. In 1904 the vehicle was superseded by the Ford Model C (the Model B had been a longer four-cylinder touring model that cost 💲2,000 [£ 1,289]).
The Model A was more successful than its nearest rival, the Oldsmobile Curved Dash, despite being 💲100 (£64) more expensive. (For an additional 💲100 (£64) customers could have the four-seater version, and for a further 💲30 (£19) a rubber top. Another 💲20 (£13) could by a leather top). Ford advertised the car as being so simple that a fifteen-year-old boy could operate it —- an important sales ploy as other cars on the road had a reputation for being hard to drive and maintain.
Two more buyers were just behind Dr. Pfenning in the line to buy a Ford Model A in July 1903, and one of those cars still survives. It was bought by Herbert L. McNary, a butter marker from Britt, Iowa, and bore the chassis number thirty. The cars had not been numbered in logical sequence, and Dr. Pfenning, the first buyer of a Ford car, only got number eleven. Mr. McNary kept his car for fifty years and it has had only four subsequent owners. It came up for auction in California in 2010, but the highest bid of 💲325,000 (£210,000) did not reach the reserve price. (MG)
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11:00 A.M. Monday, May 9th, 1910. Newsies at Skeeter's Branch, Jefferson near Franklin. They were all smoking. Location:...
26/09/2023

11:00 A.M. Monday, May 9th, 1910. Newsies at Skeeter's Branch, Jefferson near Franklin. They were all smoking. Location: St. Louis, Missouri.
Lewis Hine American
May 9, 1910


In 1908 Lewis Hine accepted a position as chief investigator and photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), a private organization founded in 1904 to promote legislation to protect children from exploitation by American industry. Children as young as four years old labored in a variety of trades for up to twelve hours a day. During the sixteen years that Hine worked for the NCLC (often posing as an insurance inspector to gain access to the worksite), he made some five thousand photographs of children at work in mines, farms, canneries, sweatshops, and the street. Less troubling than many of Hine's pictures of child labor, this casual portrait of a trio of newspaper sellers, or newsies, shows the young boys awkwardly assuming the roles and mannerisms of manhood.

Title: 11:00 A.M. Monday, May 9th, 1910. Newsies at Skeeter's Branch, Jefferson near Franklin. They were all smoking. Location: St. Louis, Missouri.

Artist: Lewis Hine (American, 1874–1940)
Date: May 9, 1910
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Dimensions: 9.1 x 11.9 cm (3 9/16 x 4 11/16 in.)
Classification: Photographs
Credit Line: Gift of Phyllis D. Massar, 1970

Accession Number: 1970.727.1
Source: metmuseum.org

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Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels (Details)By, Jean (or Jehan) Fouquet (c. 1420–1481) was a French painter and minia...
19/09/2023

Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels (Details)
By, Jean (or Jehan) Fouquet (c. 1420–1481) was a French painter and miniaturist.[1] A master of panel painting and manuscript illumination, and the apparent inventor of the portrait miniature, he is considered one of the most important painters from the period between the late Gothic and early Renaissance. He was the first French artist to travel to Italy and experience first-hand the early Italian Renaissance.

1454-56
(right wing from the Diptychon of Melun)
with Agnés Sorel, favourite and chief mistress of King Charles VII of France
Oil on panel
94,5 x 85,5 cm
Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp

Virgin and Child Surrounded by AngelsBy, Jean (or Jehan) Fouquet (c. 1420–1481) was a French painter and miniaturist.[1]...
19/09/2023

Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels
By, Jean (or Jehan) Fouquet (c. 1420–1481) was a French painter and miniaturist.[1] A master of panel painting and manuscript illumination, and the apparent inventor of the portrait miniature, he is considered one of the most important painters from the period between the late Gothic and early Renaissance. He was the first French artist to travel to Italy and experience first-hand the early Italian Renaissance.

1454-56
(right wing from the Diptychon of Melun)
with Agnés Sorel, favourite and chief mistress of King Charles VII of France
Oil on panel
94,5 x 85,5 cm
Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of BelgiumGoogle Arts & Culture - ImageThe Death of Marat is a 1793 painting by Jacques-Louis...
13/09/2023

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Google Arts & Culture - Image
The Death of Marat is a 1793 painting by Jacques-Louis David depicting the artist's friend and murdered French revolutionary leader, Jean-Paul Marat. Wikipedia
Artist: Jacques-Louis David
Location: Musée Oldmasters Museum (since 1893)
Period: Neoclassicism
Created: 1793–1793
Subject: Jean-Paul Marat
Medium: Oil Paint
Genre: History painting

On 13 July 1793, Charlotte tricked Marat into allowing her into his apartment. Charlotte stabbed Marat to death in his bath (which he would lie in for hours to relieve a painful skin condition) and she was later tried and guillotined for his murder.
Source: Wikipedia
Masterpieces of Western Art and Architecture

Frank Sinatra | In The Wee Small Hours (1955)———————-Label | Capitol Producer | Voyle Gilmore Art Direction | Tommy Stee...
06/09/2023

Frank Sinatra | In The Wee Small Hours (1955)
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Label | Capitol
Producer | Voyle Gilmore
Art Direction | Tommy Steele
Nationality | USA
Running Time | 50:25
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“In the early 1950s, Frank Sinatra was washed up ——- unable even to land a regular nightclub gig, much less a record contract. His saviour arrived just in time.
Alan Livingston, then VP of A&R at Capitol Records and a confirmed Sinatra fan, signed him to a seven-year deal on March 14, 1953, against the advice of every colleague whose opinion he sought.
Sinatra’s Oscar-winning turn in From Here To Eternity the same year showed Livingston’s prescience. It also signaled the singer’s second chance, which he grabbed with Songs For Young Lovers and Swing Easy. Both are fine sets, but they are most notable because they introduced Sinatra —- initially against his
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In The Wee Small Hours arrived not long after Sinatra’s relationship with Ava Gardner collapsed, and it is this split that defines perhaps the all-time greatest brake-up album. The wisecracking, finger-snapping Sinatra of popular legend is absent; this is a man alone. Record store clerks who filed Sinatra under easy listening had surely never heard the barfly confessional of “Can’t We By Friends?” much less the pleading take on Cole Porter’s “What Is This Thing Called Love.” Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo,” meanwhile, never sounded bluer.
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Riddle frames this melancholy 😔 in wondrously delicate arrangements on what, in hindsight, is the first record where the pair really clicked. Others would fallow, though in a new and —-then-exotic format. Initially issued as two 10-inch discs, In The Wee Small Hours was soon 🔜 reissued in 12-inch format, inadvertently ushering in the album era.”(1001albumsyoumusthear/22|23 - The Fifties - updated edition - 2016)

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All About CarsCar: Victoria  Benz  D-Germany———————————————1893  104 cu in/1,720 cc, single-cylinder  3 bhp/2.2 kW  unkn...
05/09/2023

All About Cars
Car: Victoria Benz D-Germany
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“Late on New Year’s Eve in 1878, the German designer and engineer Karl Benz was putting the finishing touches to his newest invention: a two-stroke, water-cooled, internal combustion engine. Powered by gasoline, it was lighter and more compact than the cumbersome steam engines of the past.
In 1885 Benz combined with this several other recent inventions — the carburetor, car battery, coil ignition, spark plug, and differential drive — in a three-wheeled motorized tricycle that he named the “Motorwagon.” However, its single front well made for a bumpy ride over Europe’s wagon-rutted roads an unconvinced public stayed away.
Finally, in 1893, in the face of pleas from within his own company to produce a four-wheeled vehicle, Benz reluctantly followed the approach of his rival Gottlieb Daimler and added an extra wheel to the Motorwagon.
The Benz Victoria, as it was named, became Benz’s favourite car. Designed by carry two passengers, it featured a revolutionary pivoting front axle that the driver could steer using a tiller connected to the axle by a chain and a patented knuckle joint.
In the summer of 1894 Benz’s inventiveness was put to the test when the Austrian-born industrialist Theodor von Liebig drove Production Number 76 on a largely incident-free 538-mile (939) journey from Riechenberg in Bohemia to the Mannheim and making several other impromptu, whimsical detours along the way. Regarded as the world’s first long-distance motor trip, on that occasion the Victoria averaged 8.4 mph (13.6 kph) along roads that were cobbled at best.” (BS)
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Francesco Hayez (Italian painter) 1791 - 1882Il Bacio (The Kiss), 1859oil on canvas110 x 88 cm. (43.3 x 34.6 in.)Pinacot...
02/09/2023

Francesco Hayez (Italian painter) 1791 - 1882
Il Bacio (The Kiss), 1859
oil on canvas
110 x 88 cm. (43.3 x 34.6 in.)
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, Italy
© photo Pinacoteca di Brera

Francesco Hayez was an Italian painter and printmaker, famous for his portrait painting and historical Romantic images. The son of a French fisherman, he was introduced to painting by one of his uncles, an antique dealer, Francesco Binasco. His uncle had wanted Hayez to become a painting restorer. In 1809 he won a scholarship that allowed him to study in Rome, where he studied both Antique art and the works of Raphael.

Hayez moved to Milan in 1823 where he quickly established himself at the centre of intellectual and aristocratic life. Though he explored biblical and fictional themes in his paintings, he also displayed a keen interest in Italian history, often depicting key contemporary political and social figures in historical settings. His later work marked a departure from the grander historical subjects of his earlier paintings and became devoted almost entirely to allegorical themes, often with strong political connotations.
Source: Wikipedia

“Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time.”Ilsa Lund(Ingrid Bergman)Film: CASABLANCA Director: Michael Curtiz Starri...
31/08/2023

“Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time.”
Ilsa Lund
(Ingrid Bergman)

Film: CASABLANCA
Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, ...
Date: 1942
Photography: Arthur Edeson Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic film directed by Michael Curtiz. Set during World War II, it focuses on an American expatriate who must choose between his love for a woman and helping her husband, a Czech resistance leader.


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“Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time.”Ilsa Lund(Ingrid Bergman)Film: CASABLANCA Director: Michael Curtiz Starri...
31/08/2023

“Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time.”
Ilsa Lund
(Ingrid Bergman)

Film: CASABLANCA
Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, ...
Date: 1942
Photography: Arthur Edeson Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic film directed by Michael Curtiz. Set during World War II, it focuses on an American expatriate who must choose between his love for a woman and helping her husband, a Czech resistance leader.


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Hieronymus Bosch  ('s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands - August 9, 1516, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands)Garden of Earthly Delig...
31/08/2023

Hieronymus Bosch ('s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands - August 9, 1516, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands)
Garden of Earthly Delights Triptych -1490 - 1500. Left panel and Right panel
Grisaille, Oil on oak wood board 1490-1500
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain 🇪🇸

The Garden of Earthly Delights is Bosch most complex and enigmatic creation . For Falkenburg, the general theme of the Garden of Earthly Delights is the fate of humanity, the same as that of the Hay Wagon ( P02052 ), although Bosch views it differently, much more explicitly in the central table of the Hay Wagon than in the Garden. To get closer to the meaning of the work, it is necessary to identify what is represented in each table. In the closed triptych Bosch it reproduced in grisaille on the third day of the Creation of the world, when the waters of the earth separated and the earthly Paradise was created. Above, to the left, God the Father appears as Creator, as indicated by two Latin inscriptions, one in each table: He said it himself and everything was done; He himself commanded it and everything was created (Psalms 33, 9 and 148, 5). In the open triptych, in bright colors that contrast with grisaille, the painter included three scenes that have sin as their only common denominator, which begins in Paradise on the left panel, with Adam and Eve, and receives his punishment in Hell on the right panel. The central panel shows a Paradise deceiving the senses, a false Paradise given over to the sin of lust. It also contributes to that deceive the fact that this central table seems a continuation of that of the earthly Paradise, when the painter uses a unified landscape, which he endows with a very high horizon line that favors the wide development of the composition, distributed in three superimposed planes, both in these two tables of Paradise and the Garden and in Hell.

Source photography: Wikipedia

During WWII, Rick, a nightclub owner in Casablanca, agrees to help his former lover Ilsa and her husband. Soon, Ilsa's f...
30/08/2023

During WWII, Rick, a nightclub owner in Casablanca, agrees to help his former lover Ilsa and her husband. Soon, Ilsa's feelings for Rick resurface and she finds herself renewing her love for him.
Release date: 15 January 1943 (UK)
Director: Michael Curtiz
Nominations: Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, more
Budget: 1.039 million USD
Distributed by: Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros. Pictures
Adapted from: Everybody Comes to Rick's

Nevermore is an 1897 oil on canvas painting by the French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. Since 1932 it has been...
28/08/2023

Nevermore is an 1897 oil on canvas painting by the French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. Since 1932 it has been in the collection of the Courtauld Institute of Art and on display in the Gallery. It was executed during the artist's second stay on the island of Tahiti in the South Pacific. Wikipedia
Artist: Paul Gauguin
Period: Post-Impressionism
Dimensions: 50 cm x 1.16 m
Created: 1897
Medium: Oil Paint
Source photography: https://courtauld.ac.uk/highlights/nevermore/

This familiar image was exhibited publicly for the first time at the Art Institute of Chicago, winning a three-hundred-d...
26/08/2023

This familiar image was exhibited publicly for the first time at the Art Institute of Chicago, winning a three-hundred-dollar prize and instant fame for Grant Wood. The impetus for the painting came while Wood was visiting the small town of Eldon in his native Iowa. There he spotted a little wood farmhouse, with a single oversized window, made in a style called Carpenter Gothic. “I imagined American Gothic people with their faces stretched out long to go with this American Gothic house,” he said. He used his sister and his dentist as models for a farmer and his daughter, dressing them as if they were “tintypes from my old family album.” The highly detailed, polished style and the rigid frontality of the two figures were inspired by Flemish Renaissance art, which Wood studied during his travels to Europe between 1920 and 1926. After returning to settle in Iowa, he became increasingly appreciative of midwestern traditions and culture, which he celebrated in works such as this. American Gothic, often understood as a satirical comment on the midwestern character, quickly became one of America’s most famous paintings and is now firmly entrenched in the nation’s popular culture. Yet Wood intended it to be a positive statement about rural American values, an image of reassurance at a time of great dislocation and disillusionment. The man and woman, in their solid and well-crafted world, with all their strengths and weaknesses, represent survivors.
Source: Arts & Culture

American Gothic is a 1930 painting by Grant Wood in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Wood was inspired to paint what is now known as the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa, along with "the kind of people [he] fancied should live in that house". Wikipedia
Artist: Grant Wood
Locations: Royal Academy of Arts (2017–2017), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (since 1930)
Created: 1930–1930
Periods: Regionalism, Modernism
Subject: Farmer, Midwestern United States
Media: Oil Paint, Beaverboard
Dimensions: 74 cm x 62 cm
Source: Wikipedia

Wanderer Above the Sea and Fog Casper David Friedrich (German, 1774-1840)ca. 1818Oil on canvas 948 mm x 748 mmKunsthalle...
24/08/2023

Wanderer Above the Sea and Fog
Casper David Friedrich (German, 1774-1840)
ca. 1818
Oil on canvas
948 mm x 748 mm
Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany 🇩🇪

"Wanderer above the Sea of Fog is a painting by German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich made in 1818. It depicts a man standing upon a rocky precipice with his back to the viewer; he is gazing out on a landscape covered in a thick sea of fog through which other ridges, trees, and mountains pierce, which stretches out into the distance indefinitely.

The hiker stands as a back figure in the center of the composition. He looks down on an almost impenetrable sea of ​​fog in the midst of a rocky landscape - a metaphor for life as an ominous journey into the unknown.”

Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney Pollack, and starring Meryl St...
23/08/2023

Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney Pollack, and starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. The film is based loosely on the 1937 autobiographical book Out of Africa written by Isak Dinesen (the pseudonym of Danish author Karen Blixen), with additional material from Dinesen's 1960 book Shadows on the Grass and other sources.

Karen von Blixen, a Danish baroness, establishes a coffee plantation in South Africa and falls in love with Denys Hatton, a local big-game hunter, in the process.
Release date: 4 March 1986 (UK)
Director: Sydney Pollack
Music composed by: John Barry
Nominations: Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Music (Original Score), more
Awards: Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Music (Original Score), more
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Source: Wikipedia

Ophelia is an 1851–52 painting by British artist Sir John Everett Millais in the collection of Tate Britain, London. It ...
22/08/2023

Ophelia is an 1851–52 painting by British artist Sir John Everett Millais in the collection of Tate Britain, London. It depicts Ophelia, a character from William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, singing before she drowns in a river.

The work encountered a mixed response when first exhibited at the Royal Academy, but has since come to be admired as one of the most important works of the mid-nineteenth century for its beauty, its accurate depiction of a natural landscape, and its influence on artists from John William Waterhouse and Salvador Dalí to Peter Blake, Ed Ruscha and Friedrich Heyser.

The episode depicted is not usually seen onstage, as in Shakespeare's text it exists only in Gertrude's description. Out of her mind with grief, Ophelia has been making garlands of wildflowers. She climbs into a willow tree overhanging a brook to dangle some from its branches, and a bough breaks beneath her. She lies in the water singing songs, as if unaware of her danger ("incapable of her own distress"). Her clothes, trapping air, have allowed her to temporarily stay afloat ("Her clothes spread wide, / And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up."). But eventually, "her garments, heavy with their drink, / Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay" down "to muddy death".

Ophelia's death has been praised as one of the most poetically written death scenes in literature.
Source: Wikipedia
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Artwork: Ophelia
Artist: John Everett Millais (June 1829 – 13 August 1896) was an English painter and illustrator who was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.).
Created: ca.1851
Medium and support: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Height: 76.2 cm (30 in); Width: 111.8 cm (44 in
Location:,Tate Britain, London

The Birth of Venus (Italian: Nascita di Venere [ˈnaʃʃita di ˈvɛːnere]) is a painting by the Italian artist Sandro Bottic...
19/08/2023

The Birth of Venus (Italian: Nascita di Venere [ˈnaʃʃita di ˈvɛːnere]) is a painting by the Italian artist Sandro Botticelli, probably executed in the mid 1480s. It depicts the goddess Venus arriving at the shore after her birth, when she had emerged from the sea fully-grown (called Venus Anadyomene and often depicted in art). The painting is in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus (c. 1484–1486). Tempera on canvas. 172.5 cm × 278.9 cm (67.9 in × 109.6 in). Uffizi, Florence

Date
1485 ca.
Museum
The Uffizi
Collection
Painting
Location
A12. BOTTICELLI Venus
Technique
Tempera on canvas
Size
172.5 x 278.5 cm
Source: https://www.uffizi.it/en/artworks/birth-of-venus

Detail: Artwork: Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')Artist: Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (Flemish, Marcus Gheer...
19/08/2023

Detail:
Artwork: Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')
Artist: Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (Flemish, Marcus Gheeraerts (also written as Gerards or Geerards; c. 1561/62 – 19 January 1636)
Created: circa 1592
Medium and support: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: (2413 mm x 1524 mm)
Genre: Portrait / Historical painting
Location: National Portrait Gallery, London
Photography credit: 1️⃣ZebraPhotography with Constanta-Liliana Dinescu

Summary
One of the most iconic images of Elizabeth I, which was commissioned as part of the lavish entertainments staged in her honour by Sir Henry Lee in 1592.

Historical context
It is very likely that the portrait formed part of the lavish entertainments staged by Sir Henry Lee at Woodstock, where he was Lieutenant of the royal manor, and his own house, Ditchley, during Elizabeth I’s visit on progress in 1592. Elizabeth stayed at Woodstock between 18 and 23 September, and the entertainments took place over two days: 20 September at Woodstock and 21 September at Ditchley. On the first day, the character of the Page requested that the queen:

Draw near and take a view of every table
In them no doubts some secrets are concealed
Which if you will (for who denies you able)
Cannot but by your wisdom be revealed

The tables were possibly the portraits of nobles that had been used in the entertainment staged by Lee at Woodstock in 1575, and the newly commissioned image of Elizabeth standing on a globe with her feet resting on Oxfordshire would have formed a triumphant conclusion to the sequence.
Source: mpg.org.uk

Photography credit: 1️⃣ZebraPhotography

Artwork: Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')Artist: Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (Flemish, Marcus Gheeraerts (a...
18/08/2023

Artwork: Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')
Artist: Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (Flemish, Marcus Gheeraerts (also written as Gerards or Geerards; c. 1561/62 – 19 January 1636)
Created: circa 1592
Medium and support: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: (2413 mm x 1524 mm)
Genre: Portrait / Historical painting
Location: National Portrait Gallery, London
Photography credit: 1️⃣ZebraPhotography with Constanta-Liliana Dinescu

Summary
One of the most iconic images of Elizabeth I, which was commissioned as part of the lavish entertainments staged in her honour by Sir Henry Lee in 1592.

Historical context
It is very likely that the portrait formed part of the lavish entertainments staged by Sir Henry Lee at Woodstock, where he was Lieutenant of the royal manor, and his own house, Ditchley, during Elizabeth I’s visit on progress in 1592. Elizabeth stayed at Woodstock between 18 and 23 September, and the entertainments took place over two days: 20 September at Woodstock and 21 September at Ditchley. On the first day, the character of the Page requested that the queen:

Draw near and take a view of every table
In them no doubts some secrets are concealed
Which if you will (for who denies you able)
Cannot but by your wisdom be revealed

The tables were possibly the portraits of nobles that had been used in the entertainment staged by Lee at Woodstock in 1575, and the newly commissioned image of Elizabeth standing on a globe with her feet resting on Oxfordshire would have formed a triumphant conclusion to the sequence.
Source: mpg.org.uk

Title: Dante and Virgil In Hell Artist maker: William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)About: 1850Medium: Oil on canvas Dim...
17/08/2023

Title: Dante and Virgil In Hell
Artist maker: William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)
About: 1850
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 280.5 x 225.3 cm
Hanging in Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

Bouguereau was hungry for vengeance after failing to win the Prix de Rome on two occasions (1848 and 1849). His early Salon submissions reveal a fierce desire to succeed. Following his ambitious Equality before Death (1849), the young man aimed to make another impression. He proposed an even larger painting inspired by Dante, whose work was popular among Romantics and captured all of its dramatic beauty. This painting was inspired by a short scene from Dante's Inferno, set in Hell's eighth circle (the circle of falsifiers and counterfeiters), in which Dante, accompanied by Virgil, witnesses a fight between two damned souls: Gianni Schicchi, a heretic and alchemist, attacks and bites Capocchio on the neck after assuming the identity of a dead man in order to fraudulently claim his inheritance.
Théophile Gautier, a critic and poet, was very complimentary: "Gianni Schicchi attacks Capocchio with a strange fury, and Monsieur Bouguereau depicts the struggle between the two combatants magnificently through muscles, nerves, tendons, and teeth. This canvas has bitterness and strength - strength, a rare quality!" Indeed, Bouguereau displays great audacity here. He is pushing the boundaries of aesthetics by exaggerating muscle structure to the point of distortion, exaggerating poses, contrasting colour and shadows, and depicting monstrous figures and groups of damned souls. The sublime visions of Romantic artists such as Blake (1757-1827), Füssli (1741-1825), and Lawrence come to mind (1769-1830). Everything in this painting emphasises the sense of terror and horror: a subject to which Bouguereau would never return.
Source photography and information WikipediaCommons-Musée d’Orsay

Artwork: Hercules in the Garden of Hesperides Artist: Unknown Created: 4th century Medium: Fresco Dimensions: 85 x 85 cm...
14/08/2023

Artwork: Hercules in the Garden of Hesperides
Artist: Unknown
Created: 4th century
Medium: Fresco
Dimensions: 85 x 85 cm
Location: Catacomb of the Via Latina, Rome, Italy
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“Hercules in the Garden of the Hesperides depicts one of the last labors of Hercules — the great hero of Greek mythology, known to the Greeks as Heracles. Hercules was ordered to steal the golden apples that Gaia, Earth goddess and mother of Zeus, had given to Hera as a wedding gift. The apples were guarded by a dragon named Ladon, by Atlas the titan who held the earth upon his shoulders, and by Atlas’s daughters, the Hesperides, who were nymphs of the night and lived in a garden located at an extremity of the world. Journeying through Northern Africa and Asia, Hercules fought with the son of the god of war Ares, the sea-god Poseidon, and Prometheus who finally revealed this coveted garden’s location. Hercules obtained the apples by slaying the dragon, represented in Hercules in the Garden of the Hesperides as a single-headed serpent. The fresco is one of many in Rome’s catacombs that were painted in very early Christian Rome in a style known as “paleo-Christian.” In paleo-Christian art, both classical and Christian stories are depicted and there is a synthesis of classical poses with a rater simplistic style of painting. Here, Hercules’s stance and naked body with a cloth draped over his arm belong to classical art, entwined around a tree as the serpent is in the story of Adam and Eve. The story of Hercules and the Hesperides is one that painters throughout the ages have revisited many times to tell the compelling story of hero triumphing over adversity.” (SWW)


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Church of San Apollinaire (548)————————————-Architect: UnknownLocation: Classe, near Ravenna, Italy Style: Byzantine Mat...
24/07/2023

Church of San Apollinaire (548)
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Architect: Unknown
Location: Classe, near Ravenna, Italy
Style: Byzantine
Materials: Julian bricks 🧱, cipollino marble
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“Only Rome has churches ⛪️ older than this sixth -century rectangular basilica with its cylindrical bell-tower, the most beautiful of Ravenna’s campaniles. This building commemorates a shrine dedicated to Apollinaire, the first bishop of Ravenna, who was martyred in the third century. The semicircular crypt houses a Greek marble urn containing St. Apollinaire’s bones. The basilica was originally built in the late fifth century for the Ostrogoth Theodoric — a follower of A***n Christianity.
In the mid-sixth century, it was reconsecrated to Neonian or Catholic Christianity ✝️, A***n beliefs having been declared heretical.
The solemnly suggestive, well-proportioned interior was designed as a tangible evocation of the celestial order. The uppermost sections of the nave walls showcase scenes from the life of Christ and his apostles in mosaic and date from 493 to 526. The lower section feature bishops, martyrs, and saints in mosaic dating from 527 to 565. The nave and two aisles are divided by two rows of twelve columns in veined marble with ornate acanthus-leaf capitals.
The vibrantly colored mosaics of the apse mark the transition from Classical naturalism to a more stylized symbolism. A new theophany uniting the glory of God with that of St. Apollinaire and the church of Ravenna is presented here through an allegory of the Transfiguration of Christ - a jeweled cross against a blue sky. Around it are shimmering mosaics depicting holy figures in stylized poses — among them St. Apollinaire preaching, Abraham and Moses, and the Three Magi visiting the Christ child. The basilica is a Classical space dressed in Byzantine style. Its glittering mosaics contrast with the luster of marble columns deemed so resplendent that they are reputed to shine even a night. (AA) in 1001 Buildings Must to See Before you Die
(Constanta-Liliana Dinescu)
Source photography ⬇️ Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo https://g.co/kgs/zTm9Z8

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“Living well is the
best revenge.”
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George Herbert
Jacula Prudentum
1651
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1001 Quotations to Inspire your Life
“In addition to being a highly influential English metaphysical and religious poet, George Herbert was an inveterate collector of idiomatic verbal expressions.
His first publication in this area was Outlandish Proverbs Selected by Mr. G. H., in 1640. Twelve years later, he produced an expanded version of this work under the title Jacula Prudentum, in which the above quotation first appeared in print.
The underlying meaning is that people should never give their enemies the satisfaction of knowing that they have upset 😢 or hurt 😔 them; that no matter how great the humiliation to which one has been subjected, one must carry on as if undiminished by hostility and malice — put a brave face on it all.
In his youth, actor Rob Lowe was a Hollywood hellraiser. Around the time he starred in The Outsiders (1983), people said he was going to destroy himself, almost certainly professionally and probably physically as well.

But he cleaned up his act, married, had children and thirty years later he told The Huffington Post that he’d been inspired to go straight by the thought of the satisfaction he would thereby deny his detractors: ‘Living well is the best revenge’, he said. ( in Quotation at page 29)

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George Herbert was a poet, orator, and priest of the Church of England. His poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognised as "one of the foremost British devotional lyricists." He was born into an artistic and wealthy family and largely raised in England. Wikipedia
Born: 3 April 1593, Montgomery
Died: 1 March 1633, Bemerton, Salisbury
Spouse: Jane Danvers (m. 1629–1633)
Place of burial: St. Andrew's Church, Bemerton, Salisbury
Parents: Magdalen Newport, Richard Herbert of Montgomery Castle
Education: University of Cambridge, Westminster School, Trinity College
Source: George Herbert https://g.co/kgs/XqnLRU


Portrait by Robert White in 1674 (National Portrait Gallery)
“It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth.”
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Thomas Fuller
A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine and the Confines Thereof, 1650
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“Thomas Fuller was an English churchman and historian, and a prolific writer. The Pisgah in the title of this work was the name of high hill with a commanding view over the Holly Land.
This idea expressed here has become something of a proverbial commonplace, but there is no earlier recorded expression of it. It is unknown whether Fuller coined the phrase or was merely following previously established usage. (In the 1850s, Irish songwriter Samuel Lover claimed, without any supporting evidence, that the expression had been used in Ireland for hundreds of years.)
Among the best-known subsequent versions of the phrase was in ‘Dedicated to the one I Love’, a pop song by Lowman Pauling and Ralph Bass, which was a hit for The Shirelles in 1959 and the Mamas and the Papas in 1967 - ‘The darkest hour is just before dawn’.

It is worth noting that there is no scientific evidence to support this assertion. It is not necessary any darker at this time of the night any other. However, that does not weaken the point, which is metaphorical: it is often just when we think that everything is hopeless that matters begin to improve.”(JP in 1001 Questions at pages 28 - about Death and Life)



1001 Quotations to Inspire your Life
CATEGORY: Movie 🎥
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The Birth of a Nation
D. W. Griffith, 1915
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U. S. (D. W. Griffith & Epoch) 190m Silent BW
Producer: D. W. Griffith Screenplay: Frank E. Woods, D. W. Griffith, from the novel The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan, the novel The Leopard’s Spots, and the play The Clansman by Thomas F.
Dixon Jr. Photography G. W. Bitzer
Music: Joseph Carl Breil, D. W. Griffith
Cast: Lilian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Mary Alden, Ralph Lewis, George Siegmann, Walter Long, Robert Harron, Wallace Reid, Joseph Henabery, Elmer Clifton, Josephine Crowell, Spottiswoode Aitken, George Beranger
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“It is the biggest thing
I have undertaken, but
I shall not be satisfied
until I do something else
. . . I am, like all other
human beings, aiming
at perfection.”
D.W. Griffith, 1915
ℹ️
Griffith’s movie was the first film to be screened in the White House — 1915, for President Woodrow Wilson.
Source: (1001Movies2021)


“I retain’d nothing of France, but the language: My Father and Mother being people of better Fashion, than ordinarily the people call’d Refugees.”

Roxana
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Daniel Defoe
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Lifespan: b. 1660 (England), d. 1731
First Published: 1724
First Published by: T. Warner (London)
Original Title: The Fortunate Mistress
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“While Roxana, Defoe’s last and most complex novel, in less familiar among general readers than Robinson Crusoe, it has been well known to those interested in the development of the novel, because of its frank portrayal of its heroine’s fate - early destitution and the exchanging of her body for food and shelter, her many children and their abandonment, her lovers her failed reformations, and her enormous wealth.
Perhaps more important, however, than this list of sexual, social, and financial adventures is the voice that Defoe lends Roxana. In a notorious scene, Roxana puts her maidservant Amy into bed with her landlord-lover, saying to herself, and to us in effect, “I’m not a wife, but a w***e, and I want my maid to be a w***e to, and yet I am a wife and Amy is not a w***e but a victim, and yet we’ll do it all again”.
Such a voice, both self-estranging and self-engaging, becomes the string on which the events of the novel are strung, including relations with a French Prince, with the King of England, with a leading financial adviser, with an honest Dutch merchant. Scandalously, Roxana gets her children out of the way almost as soon as she has them, but towards the end, her daughter Susan, who has found employment as a servant girl in Roxana’s own house, comes back to haunt her mother with a child’s cry for recognition. Significantly Roxana’s name is also Susan, and in this climax of self-confrontation the novel descents inconclusively towards a final abandonment.”
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THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY
Edwin S. Porter, 1903
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U.S. (Edison) 12m Silent BW (hand-colored)
Screenplay: Scott Marble, Edwin S. Porter
Photography: Edwin S. Porter, Blair Smith
Cast: A.C. Abadie, Gilbert M. “Bronco Billy” Anderson, George Barnes, Walter Cameron, Frank Hanaway, Morgan Jones, Tom London, Marie Murray, Mary Snow
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“In every respect we consider is absolutely the superior of any moving picture ever made.”
Edison Company Catalog, 1904
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“Most historians regard The Great Train Robbery as the first Western, initiating a genre that, in few short years, became the most popular in American cinema. Made by the Edison Company in November 1903, The Great Train Robbery was the most commercially successful film of the pre-Griffith period of American cinema and spawned a host of imitations.
What is exceptional about Edwin S. Porter’s film is the degree of narrative sophistication, given the early date. There are over a dozen separate scenes, each further developing the story. In the opening scene, two masked robbers force a telegraph operator to send a false message so that train will make an unscheduled stop. In the next scene, bandits board the train. The robbers enter the mail car, and after a fight, open the safe. In the following scene, two robbers overpower the driver and fireman of the train and throw one of them off. Next, the robbers stop the train and hold up the passengers. One runs away and is shut. The robbers then escape aboard the engine, and in the subsequent scene we see them mount horses and ride off.
Meanwhile, the telegraph operator on the train sends a message calling for assistance. In a saloon, a newcomer is being forced to dance at gunpoint, but when the message arrives everyone grabs their rifles and exits. Cut to the robbers pursued by a posse. There is a shoot-out, and the robbers are killed.
There’s one extra shot, the best known in the film, showing one of the robbers firing point blank out of the screen. This was it seems, sometime shown at the start of the film, sometimes at the end. Either way, it gave the spectator a sense of being directly in the line of fire.
One actor in The Great Train Robbery was G.M. Anderson (real name Max Aronson). Among other parts, he played the passenger who is shot. Anderson was shortly to become the first star of Westerns, appearing as Bronco Billy in over hundred films, beginning in 1907.
In later years some have challenged the claim of The Great Train Robbery to be regarded as the first Western on the grounds that it is not the first or not a Western. It is certainly true that there are earlier films with a Western theme, such as Thomas Edison’s Cripple Creek Bar-Room Scene (1899), but they do not have the fully developed narrative of Porter’s film. It’s also true that it has its roots both in stage plays incorporating spectacular railroad scenes, and in orders films of daring robberies that weren’t Westerns. Nor can its claim to being a true Western be based on authentic locations, because The Great Train Robbery was shot on the Delaware and Lackawanna Railroad in New Jersey. But train robberies, sine the days of Jesse James, had been part of Western lore, and other iconic elements such as six-shooters, cowboy hats, and horses all serve to give the film a genuine Western feel.(EBfilms/23)