Antoine Joseph Wiertz - The Greeks and Trojans Fighting Over the Body of Patroclus
Arming Sword and Scabbard
- Dated: circa 1550-1634
- Culture: Spanish
Presented to the Royal Collection by Lord Fife on May 17th 1813, the arming sword features a steel hilt, pommel in form of ace of spades with saw edges above grip, covered in silver brass sheet chased with acanthus foliage, zigzags and masks. The blade is stamped with inscriptions.
Claude Monet, Stom at Belle-Isle
Seated Odalisque, Left Leg Folded - Henri Matisse
Full Metal Jacket,1987
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
Rest in peace.
Greek Gold and Silver Ring with inscription, c. 575 BC
The ring is decorated on the outer side with three grooves articulating two dentilated bands. The dedicatory inscription rests on the front side of the ring while the reverse is plain. The Greek inscription reads “Harriknidas dedicated (this) to the goddess white-armed Hera.”
Black-figured plate, attributed to the painter Psiax
Made in Athens, Greece; from Vulci in Etruria (now in Lazio, Italy)
An archer blowing a trumpet
The archer on this plate wears a flapped and pointed cap, patterned trousers and a long-sleeved top. His costume is unusual, and is mostly Scythian in origin, as is the combined bow-case and quiver hanging from his waist. Scythian archers were employed as mercenaries in Athens from the mid-sixth century until 514 BC, when the Persian conquest of Thrace cut lines of communication and recruitment with Scythia. After this, Greek archers start to appear on vase paintings: they retain many elements of Scythian dress, but unlike the generally bearded Scythians, they are shown clean-shaven, as here. The trumpet this figure blows is thesalpinx, blown in battle.
This plate was painted by Psiax, who worked in both the conventional black-figure and the new red-figure techniques. The design, with the single black figure set on a plain clay background, looks like a translation into black-figure of a contemporary red-figure decorative scheme. Comparing it with a red-figure plate by the painter Epiktetos, which also shows a single archer, the opportunities offered by the newer technique are clear. The red-figure archer stands out more boldly against his black background; more varied and intricate patterns can be achieved because the details of his costume are painted rather than incised.
Source: British Museum
Rest in piece, Robin Williams. Damn fine actor. He was a huge supporter of the USO and volunteered every chance he got. He even insisted to being sent to the front to entertain.