Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Words from Sir Winston’s american friend

Words from Sir Winston’s american friend

To Winston on his birthday.” November 30, 1944. Franklin D. Roosevelt.

When visiting his home at Chartwell, Westerham, Kent, I remarked amongst the numerous presents Sir Winston Churchill received from all over the world, a printed word from Abraham Lincoln, dedicated to Churchill by another american president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. I was struck by the righteousness of Lincoln’s words :

“If I…

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Marie et les lieux disparus, no. 1 : le château de Bar (-le-Duc)

Marie et les lieux disparus, no. 1 : le château de Bar (-le-Duc)

En Écosse, Marie de Guise est toujours présente, car elle n’est pas seulement la mère de Marie Stuart et une des reines de ce pays, qui était indépendant au 16e siècle, mais aussi parce que les palais et châteaux qu’elle habitait, ont en grande partie survécus. Certains entre eux, comme le palais de Linlithgow, sont aujourd’hui en ruines, mais d’autres, comme le palais de Stirling, ont été…

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Books and their Owners III: The Prayer Book of Elizabeth I

Books and their Owners III: The Prayer Book of Elizabeth I

sioban68:

A multilingual prayerbook of Elizabeth I.

Originally posted on A Monument of Fame:

Christian Prayers and Meditations in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Greeke, and Latine . London: John Day, 1569

At Lambeth Palace Library we hold the only surviving complete copy of Christian Prayers and Meditations in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Greeke and Latine (London: John Day, 1569). As…

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Frankreich, Ludwig XVI. und François Hollande

Frankreich, Ludwig XVI. und François Hollande

Frankreich, das Land romantischer Liebe, der liebevoll in den Milchkaffee getauchten Croissants, des glitzernden Eiffelturms und der elegantesten Mode der Welt – Frankreich, das von privilegierten, meist männlichen Frührentnern regierte, fossilisierte Land, in dem Freiheit, Gleichheit und Brüderlichkeit ziemlich spurlos verschwunden sind. Meine eigene Berufserfahrung spiegelt ironischerweise den…

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
theatlantic:

The Little Mermaid's Twisted, Sofia Coppola-esque Origins

The news that Sofia Coppola will direct a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid probably, rightfully will be lauded as an encouraging development for women in Hollywood. There are a number of successful female directors in the film industry (although not nearly enough), but it’s still shockingly rare that one gets assigned such a high-profile studio project. 
Yet the producers of the film deserve props not (only) for choosing a woman director, but for choosing the perfect director for the story they’re going to tell.
Coppola’s films are known for their aesthetic beauty and moody, dream-like atmosphere. But her works all share something else, too. She’s not a political filmmaker per se, but the world that she depicts is one in which women are oppressed—not necessarily by men, but by cultural myths. Whether portraying a strictly traditional monarchy (Marie Antoinette), a fame- and image-obsessed society (The Bling Ring), or the all-American horny teenager (The Virgin Suicides), Coppola’s films rebel against a world that dictates the rules for women and then punishes them for playing by them.
The Little Mermaid follows the exact same template, but takes the punishment even further.
Read more. [Image: Matt Sayles / AP; Wikimedia]

theatlantic:

The Little Mermaid's Twisted, Sofia Coppola-esque Origins

The news that Sofia Coppola will direct a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid probably, rightfully will be lauded as an encouraging development for women in Hollywood. There are a number of successful female directors in the film industry (although not nearly enough), but it’s still shockingly rare that one gets assigned such a high-profile studio project. 

Yet the producers of the film deserve props not (only) for choosing a woman director, but for choosing the perfect director for the story they’re going to tell.

Coppola’s films are known for their aesthetic beauty and moody, dream-like atmosphere. But her works all share something else, too. She’s not a political filmmaker per se, but the world that she depicts is one in which women are oppressed—not necessarily by men, but by cultural myths. Whether portraying a strictly traditional monarchy (Marie Antoinette), a fame- and image-obsessed society (The Bling Ring), or the all-American horny teenager (The Virgin Suicides), Coppola’s films rebel against a world that dictates the rules for women and then punishes them for playing by them.

The Little Mermaid follows the exact same template, but takes the punishment even further.

Read more. [Image: Matt Sayles / AP; Wikimedia]

Sex and fruit in Renaissance Italy

Sex and fruit in Renaissance Italy

Museums sometimes have a curious – in fact a chaste – way of hiding visible things with words. To see what’s really there, you need to discover the object first, and then read the image caption. You might then realize a funny and interesting difference between the two. This happened when I was last visiting the Department of Decorative Arts of the Louvre museum in Paris.

Femme et corbeille de fruit, phylactère avec inscription

Woman and fruit basket ©…

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

De l’écriture et des plumes

De l’écriture et des plumes

Robinet Testart, Hypsipyle écrivant. Manuscrits occidentaux, FR 875 © Bnf, Paris

Robinet Testart, Hypsipyle écrivant. Manuscrit, vers 1496-1498 © Bnf, Paris, FR 875

Dans le manuscrit des Héroïdes d’Ovide, traduit par Octavien de Saint-Gelais vers 1500, l’une des enluminures merveilleuses de Robinet Testartmontre une jeune femme, Hypsipyle, reine de l’île de Lemnos, qui écrit une lettre. La reine grecque est représentée sous la forme d’une jeune femme superbement vêtue, avec…

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
John Knox, The Hall of Heroes and the YellowleesMarble bust of John Knox in The Hall of Heroes. The National Wallace Monument, Stirling © A.B.
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John Knox, The Hall of Heroes and the Yellowlees

Marble bust of John Knox in The Hall of Heroes. The National Wallace Monument, Stirling © A.B.

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Monday, February 10, 2014
La “Vieille Alliance” perdure© Association Franco-Écossaise
Depuis le 13e siècle, la France et l’Écosse entretiennent des liens…View Post

La “Vieille Alliance” perdure

© Association Franco-Écossaise

Depuis le 13e siècle, la France et l’Écosse entretiennent des liens…

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Thursday, February 6, 2014
1314-2014 : News of the Battle of BannockburnIn early summer of  the year 1314,  by a small river named Bannock Burn near Stirling castle in…View Post

1314-2014 : News of the Battle of Bannockburn

In early summer of  the year 1314,  by a small river named Bannock Burn near Stirling castle in…

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