POETRY & PAINTING: Ezra Pound & a Sad Nymph from Pompeii

 

 

Ancora

by Ezra Pound


Good God! They say you are risqué,
O canzonetti!
We who went out into the four A. M. of the world
Composing our albas,
We who shook off our dew with the rabbits,
We who have seen even Artemis a-binding her sandals,
Have we ever heard the like?
O mountains of Hellas!!
Gather about me, O Muses!
When we sat upon the granite brink in Helicon
Clothed in the tattered sunlight,
Muses with delicate shins,
O Muses with delectable knee-joints,
When we splashed and were splashed with
The lucid Castalian spray,
Had we ever such an epithet cast upon us!


 

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A nymph watches over the floating body of Icarus. Detail from the Death of Icarus fresco at the Villa Imperiale, Pompeii, 10 BC – 10 AD

 

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MUSEUM FEATURE: Lisbon, Portugal’s Best Works at the Museum of Antique Arts

Housed in a sunny, yellow 17th century palace, Lisbon’s Museu de Arte Antiga is home to Portugal’s brightest collection of European paintings, many created by Portuguese painters. You will also find glorious gilded items from the Palácio Alvor, ecclesiastical treasures, and fine tapestries. Highlights include the St. Vincent panels from the monastery of St. Vincente de Fora, and Hieronymus Bosch’s Temptation of St. Anthony triptych, with its psychedelic scenes of bizarre critters and fanciful debauchery.  Keep scrolling to see thirteen of the best pieces from the collection!


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INTERVIEW with Painter Michael DeVore: finding Balance & Harmony

 

“I learned a terrible lie somewhere along the way that hindered my learning for a very long time: the old masters were only able to create the work they did because they were blessed with god-like talent and no one has that kind of talent anymore.”

 


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15 Winterscapes for the Solstice: Paintings to bring something light to dark days

These cold and bright snowy landscapes make us glad for the warmth of a hearth and a spiked beverage!


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SOUND + SCULPTURE: Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night and Contemporary South African Sculptor Ruhan Janse van Vuuren

Schoenberg’s dark orchestral love poem Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4, I sets the backdrop for Janse van Vuuren’s deconstructed human figures in this third installment of the Sound + Sculpture Series.


 

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The Table is Set: 10 Dutch Still Life Paintings to Feast your Eyes on

 

The wine is flowing. Gleaming platters are stacked high with, bread, crusty lobsters,  luscious grapes and berries. Looking at the bountiful still lifes of 1600s Flemish painters is enough to get your mouth watering. And then you look closer.


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La Vida de Juana la Loca: the Passion of Joanna of Castile and the painter who obsessed over her

 Queen, nymphomaniac, victim! History has called “hysteria” on women time and time again when they proved unruly.


 

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POETRY & PAINTING: Emily Dickinson, Death, & Humour

” ’Tis sweet to know that stocks will stand
When we with daisies lie”


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“Something Wicked this Way Comes”: 20 of the best witches, crones, & midnight hags

“lascivious acts, brewing, hexing, goat-worshipping, broomstick-flying. For ages, we have been obsessed with the perceived power of Wyrd women to create and to destroy.”


 

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10 Autumnal Paintings for the Fall Equinox

 Tomorrow marks the turn into a gentler, more golden season, and to celebrate here’s 10 favorite images of Autumnal hue!


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