Benedict Cumberbatch as Christopher Tietjens in Parade’s End S01E04
London Grammar | Hey Now
Clara Bow in "Parisian Love" (1925)
Saint Cecilia by John William Waterhouse, 1895 (detail)
I am not ashamed of who I am or what I’ve done. Are you ashamed for me?
Empress Eugénie of France attending the investiture of her husband Napoleon III with the Order of the Garter, 18 April 1855. Portrait by Edward Matthew Ward (1816-79). The whole painting here.
Becoming Jane (2007)
Marilyn photographed by Milton Greene, 1953.
calling people on the phone is more stressful than open heart surgery
art history meme. 7/7 sculptures & other media
east doors of the florence baptistery
“the gates of paradise”, 1401-1421
In 1401, Bartolo informed Ghiberti, who had left Florence during a brief outbreak of the plague, that the Baptistery in Florence was commissioning a second set of bronze doors. Seven finalists, including Ghiberti, worked for a year to depict in bronze the story of Abraham’s call to sacrifice his son Isaac. In the end, it came down to two artists, Ghiberti and Brunelleschi. Brunelleschi’s version emphasized the violence, while Ghiberti devised a calmer, more lyrical composition.
To our eyes, the Brunelleschi seems more powerful and “modern.” But Brunelleschi’s determination to cram as many attention-grabbing devices into one work may have seemed willful to 15th-century Florentine jurors. Certainly, Ghiberti’s craftmanship was superior; unlike Brunelleschi, who soldered his panel from many separate pieces of bronze, Ghiberti cast his in just two, and he used only two-thirds as much metal—a not-inconsiderable savings. The combination of craft and parsimony would have appealed to the practical-minded men of the Calimala.
By his own account, Ghiberti won the competition outright; but Brunelleschi’s first biographer says that the jury asked the two men to collaborate and Brunelleschi refused. Ghiberti took on the job. It would occupy him for the next two decades. (x)