Monday, October 20, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tiepolo's romance of Rinaldo and Armida

Rinaldo and Armida in Her Garden, 1742-1745
Rinaldo Enchanted by Armida, 1742-1745
Armida Abandoned by Rinaldo, 1742-1745

Rinaldo and the Magus of Ascalon, 1742-1745

{from Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata}

Friday, September 26, 2014


Caspar David Friedrich, 1803
[Pierpont Morgan Library]

Friday, September 12, 2014

Prunus in flower

William James Mildenhall, ca. 1900 
[National Library of Australia]

Monday, August 25, 2014

Young Woman with Peonies

 Frédéric Bazille, 1870
This painting can be seen as Bazille's homage to Manet. The flower vendor appears to be a reference to the black woman with the extravagant bouquet in Manet's infamous Olympia. The flowers themselves, especially the prominent peonies, also offer a kind of tribute. Manet cultivated peonies and often painted their lush blooms. 

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Thursday, July 17, 2014


The Pilot ACE computer, designed by Turing, at the National Physical Laboratory