One of my favourite museums is The Met and one of my favourite paintings is also there. I was just impressed and happy to see that a new video cured by the art historian and curator George Goldner depicted and explained that painting.
The painting is titled” View of Toledo” by El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos).
In this painting, El Greco, “portrays the city he lived and worked in for most of his life. The painting belongs to the tradition of emblematic city views, rather than a faithful documentary description. The view of the eastern section of Toledo from the north would have excluded the cathedral, which the artist therefore imaginatively moved to the left of the Alcázar (the royal palace). Other buildings represented in the painting include the ancient Alcántara Bridge, and on the other side of the river Tagus, the Castle of San Servando.”
I invite you to watch the video interview behind this painting and Goldner’s commentary. I am sure you will love it.
Visiting history museums is one of my favorite activities. There, one of the things that I appreciate the most is learning about the paintings they have in vases and other pottery utensils from Ancient Greece. Why? Because of its relative durability, pottery comprises a large part of the archaeological record of Ancient Greece, and since there is so much of it (some 100,000 vases are recorded in the Corpus vasorum antiquorum), it has exerted a disproportionately large influence on our understanding of Greek society.
Take a look to this wooooonderful work that I found in the website of The Metropolitan Museum
Attributed to the Class of Seven Lobster-Claws
Date: ca. 460 B.C.
Culture: Greek, Attic
Dimensions: Overall: 2 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (7 x 7.3 cm)
Other: 6 1/4in. (15.9cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number: 23.160.57
I am reading all day long specialized non-fiction books and journal essays. That is how life is like when you want to be an Academic in a world in which competition is getting harder and harder. However, I also find some time to read good non-fiction from other specialties or great fiction and poetry that allows me to romanticize.
Choosing good non-fiction is very hard for me since the offers are so many and the time to read is so reduced. Plus, the new offers in the market are huge and I learned when working as Collection Developer for my college library that even reviewing the best book review magazines takes a lot of time.
I found this list of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners that will surely help me choose the best non-fiction to read this summer when traveling for holidays. I hope you will also find this list helpful! Also, I add some other fiction books from my ongoing list of “pending to read” that may be also helpful for you!
PULITZER WINNERS 2012
MORE FICTION Recommendations
If you have some recommendations please share them with me! I’d love to have them in my reading list! 😀
After watching a TED lecture by Sheikha Al Mayassa, a patron of artists, storytellers and filmmakers in Qatar, I had some questions. First, she emphasizes how art and culture create a country’s identity — and how they allow every country to share its unique identity with the wider world. While an interesting video, as usually happens in Islamic countries she refuses to acknowledge the fact that culture and art do not have to depend from the metaphysical foundations of any religious tradition.
Islam to her is Philosophy and Culture at the same time; and unfortunately she refuses to acknowledge the contradictions created by her religion by just ignoring them. This is an interesting video that could help you identify how is it that philosophical contradictions are the root of our diferences with people that lives in areas of the world in which Islam rules.
As such, unless we want chaos it is necesarry that before “globalizing the local, localizing the global” we understand which are the philosophical contradictions that do not enable us (and them) to coexist in peace.
Here’s the video,
Last night I couldn’t sleep. I choose to read some poetry to go somewhere else for the night. Now I share with you the poem that moved me the most. I hope you enjoy it,
This Is the Dream by Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge
This is the dream we carry through the world
that something fantastic will happen
that it has to happen
that time will open by itself
that doors shall open by themselves
that the heart will find itself open
that mountain springs will jump up
that the dream will open by itself
that we one early morning
will slip into a harbor
that we have never known.
translation by Robert Bly and Robert Hedin