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30.11.08

In Brief: Drop Down, Dew

LinksHere is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond.

  • If you enjoyed the production of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia at Washington National Opera last month, then you will find this news interesting. A researcher at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, believes that a painting formerly thought to be the portrait of an unidentified young man is actually a portrait of Lucrezia Borgia by Dosso Dossi. Don't call it fact quite yet -- wait until the findings have undergone peer review. [CBC News]

  • When you plan that day trip to Versailles, add a few hours for the historic sites being opened to the public in the village surrounding the famous chateau, including the Jeu de Paume, where the deputies of the Third Estate swore their oath in 1789, and several other historic sites, gardens, and neighborhoods. [Le Figaro]

  • Man With Apple Hovering In Front Of Face Sues René Magritte's Estate -- "Magritte's work has often been the subject of litigation, most notably in 2003 when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art filed a Treachery of Images charge against the artist's estate after purchasing a piece by Magritte that was believed to be a pipe, but was later revealed not to be a pipe." Hee hee. [The Onion]

  • Matthew Guerrieri offers a close reading of a passage from Augustine's Confessions. [Soho the Dog]

  • If you are a fan of the photography of Robert Doisneau, then you will want to know about the exhibit of 156 unseen photographs taken by him in Alsace near the end of World War II. The show is co-sponsored by La Filature de Mulhouse and the Club de la presse de Strasbourg. [Le Figaro]

2 comments:

lavinie said...

Oh! Robert Doisneau - he is the best!

Rex Immensae Majestatis Chapman said...

"I only recently became aware of the painting's existence when an acquaintance slipped a Polaroid of the work between the apple and my face," said Renfro, who suspects that Magritte may have seen him while he was purchasing a bowler hat and topcoat in Brussels in the early 1960s.

This is the funniest single sentence I've read in months.