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Inspired by a Luttrell Psalter Illumination

A beautiful illumination in the Luttrell psalter.   Not Sir Geoffrey¬† Luttrell but Friedrich I Barbarossa, the Holy Roman Emperor (1122-1190).¬† Friedrich is embarking on the Third Crusade.¬† Seeing him off are his mother and his beloved spouse. On his way to the Holy Land, Friedrich passed through Rascia (now […]

Jersey Shore

Nowdays Bathing Beauties in the Forties The Roaring Twenties Photoshopped daguerrotype.

Multicultural and Multiethnic Happy End

Radojica the Kid. Radojica is pronounced Rah-doy-ee-tza. In the epic, Radojica is referred to as “little”. It is not quite clear if the definition implies that he was short or young or the junior among other Radojicas. He was a border raider and therefore he may be safely called The […]

The Glory That Was Rome

Lead roles: Lucius Papirius Cursor. N.B. It is not an invented name (see Livy, History of Rome,Book XXII). This Lucius is the great, great, etc. grandson of the founder of the honorable Cursor family. The pure Roman lineage has been disrupted when Lucius’s father married a princess of the Visigoths […]

Americana

Grant Wood painted American Gothic in 1930. If the painting seems different nowadays, that just proves that time has no mercy. Time has changed Grant Wood’s sister, his dentist and even the setting. What does the future hold for this beauty?

Amadeus

Full name: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Playing for the emperor in Schoenbrun. Composing Eine kleine Nachtmusik in broad daylight. Having a good time with Konstanze. To many he is best known for the delicious Mozartkugeln.

Easy Street

A new man on the town. Going for a tattoo. Meeting buddies. A friend. Driving without a helmet!? A heated argument ensues. People stop to watch and listen. More people gather. Some kind of helmet is found. The policewoman has left. She left in a state because she recognized the […]

Tribute to Kurosawa

The handsome nobleman. His beautiful bride. The villain lurking in the background. The young nobleman was killed. The bride, the villain, the spirit of the nobleman and the storyteller give different accounts of what happened. One version: Blame the cameraman for no snapshots of the other versions.

Questions, Questions, Questions

– Who was the man before he became a skull? – It is the skull of Yorick, the king’s jester. – Alas, poor Yorick. Sic transit gloria mundi. Other matters contemplated by young Hamlet: 1) to wreck vengeance or not to wreck vengeance on the loathsome couple 2) to have […]

La Belle Epoque

The happy young man has just won the 1901 Auto Rally Cup. Anybody who thinks that the rally was in Philadelphia is wrong. The whole story happened somewhere in France. This is his Papa. Papa is also happy. Understandably so as for Papa the rally was a high risk investment […]