Tu Fu, Las Meninas,
Winding River (2)
I come back from the court each day and pawn some spring clothing,
Every day I return to the river as drunk as I can be.
I have many debts for wine all over the place,
For men to live to seventy has always been unusual.
I see the butterflies go deeper and deeper between the flowers,
And dragonflies in leisured flight between drops of water.
As we're told, passing time is always on the move,
So little time to know each other: we should not be apart.
(Steven Owen, trans.)
Picasso, looking on this painting, once said "The door Jose Nieto holds open suggests the entrance of fascist soldiers into the studio of Velazquez with a warrant for his arrest."
Google Earth goes to the Prado, somewhat ungracefully
The left cheek of la Infanta has been extensively restored. Difficult to imagine her before the fire
Hubble constant: new accuracy 74.2 kilometers per second per megaparsec (error margin of ± 3.6).
Arts and Letters Daily has long presented itself as the place for the best that’s thought and read in the western world. Actually it’s become an increasingly cranky right-wing hidey-hole for climate-change denialists, Islamophobes and anyone with an obsessive hatred of the French. Nevertheless, its focus on the new book The Art Instinct by one Denis Dutton is raising eyebrows[DD is a tedious Climate Denier, disliker of Pablo Friere, Fidel Castro, most probably he hates Hugo Chavez, you get the picture, a PRN, a professional redneck, who picks up on red neck ideas for profit, not because he believes in anything. I have veryy little trust that his book on art is any good at all. Dont even bother to read the reviews, ...]