How should we deal with this? What is the poet saying to the reader?
POEM by DONALD JUSTICE (1925-2004)
|St Francis, detail|
|Frederic Leighton |
|John Reinhard Weguelin|
|Starbucks Trademark featuring a Mermaid with a bifurcated tail.|
|Pelicans in St James Park waiting for lunch!|
|A magical view of London from the bridge across the lake in St James Park|
Looking in the other direction with Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial with the golden angel in view.
|Canvassing for Votes, William Hogarth, 1754, The Sir John Soane Museum, London|
|"The Terrace", John Yardley, watercolour on paper, 14 x 20 inches|
|God Creating Adam, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, painted 1508-1512|
|This year my traditional Christmas Quiz is not about Christmas but, instead, it's about numbers!|
|Wreckless Eric in the 1970s|
|A little more recently!|
And if you would like to hear it sung in a Scottish accent, listen to the Proclaimers
|Leonardo da Vinci: The Mona Lisa c1503 - 1507. The Louvre, Paris.|
No photograph could do it justice.
|Mona Lisa has become embedded in modern popular culture|
Listening to Joan Baez singing Love Song to a Stranger (click the title to hear it).This is a live performance of one of the saddest songs I know.
|The area of The Exhibition Estate (as it is known) shown bordered in red.|
|I particularly like this style with herring-bone brickwork set in the Tudor oak beams.|
Designed by Michael Bunney and Clifford Makins.
|Most of the homes have retained their chimney stacks as an architectural feature|
|This house has, unusually, had its two tall chimneys removed. It was designed by |
Clough Williams-Ellis who later designed Portmeirion in Wales where the cult TV series
The Prisoner was filmed in the 1960s.
|Finally, this house won the 1934 first prize by probably the most famous of the architects, Berthold Lubetkin, co-founder of the influential Tecton Group.|
As I am in a good mood I am listening to Jackson Browne's lovely Linda Paloma. Listen here!
|Diego Velásquez: Las Meninas, 1656, in The Prado, Madrid|
This is one of the most analysed paintings of all time and is often described as the most important work by Diego Velásquez, the leading painter of the Spanish Golden Age. It has some incredibly unusual aspects and things that, even today, seem to be remarkable.
The subject is the Infanta (a female daughter of a ruling King & Queen: a princess) of Philip IV of Spain and Queen Mariana. The Infanta is surrounded by her Maids of Honour, Las Meninas of the title, and a dwarf, there for her entertainment. Some of the subjects are looking out of the picture and others are interacting among themselves. The painter himself is on the left of the picture looking at his subject – the King and Queen who are standing where you, the viewer of the painting, are standing.
At the back of the scene their reflections can be seen in the mirror. Also at the rear of the room a mysterious man can be observed in the doorway; it’s not clear if he is coming or going. He helps to create depth in the scene by being placed at the ‘vanishing point’ where the lines of perspective meet.
Notice how the light falls on the Infanta while the two maids are half-lit and form a frame around her.
Incidentally, the red cross on Velasquez's chest is the Order of Santiago, which he did not receive during his lifetime; the King had it added to the painting as a posthumous honour three years after Velasquez had died. I love the way that the long-haired young boy at the lower right is shown trying to rouse the dog from his slumber with his foot. If you click the picture to enlarge it you can see details more clearly.
Listening to Albéniz's Suite española. I seem to be having a Spanish evening!