Dura Europos Synagogue

November 3rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Dura Europos – a town in modern day Syria, abandoned in the 3rd century, covered in sand and rediscovered in 1885. A synagogue was found there, covered in wall paintings, which is pretty rare in the world of synagogues. ISIS is in control of the area at the moment, and they apparently destroyed and looted a vast amount of the town. I doubt the synagogue would have remained untouched – however, it appears it may have in a way, as most of it was removed and taken to the National Museum of Damascus decades ago.

  

 

Käthe Kollwitz – Peasant War (1902 – 1908)

June 14th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Tiller / Raped / Whetting the Scythe / Seizing Weapons / Outbreak / Battlefield / The Prisoners

“Group of Dead of the Judgement” Jacopo Pontormo (1494-1557)

March 29th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

On This Day

February 10th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

711 years ago, valiant Robert the Bruce stabs a man to death in a church

450 years ago, Lord Darnley is found strangled and half naked in the Kirk o’Field

21 years ago, a man is beaten in a game of chess by a computer

Achilles & Penthesilea

February 9th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Vase at the British Museum. Achilles takes out Penthesilea the Amazon with a spear to the neck. On the back, Dionysos and his son Oinopion are drinking.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) – Carl Dreyer

February 3rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Book Review – “H For Hawk” Helen Macdonald (2014)

November 10th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Yes. How to deal with grief and depression using a bird of prey.

Book Review – “Everything to Nothing” Geert Buelens (2015)

October 20th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Yes. It’s an interesting way of looking at the 1st World War. To be honest though, I would have liked a bit more poetry, and a bit more discussion about the structure and formal effectiveness of that poetry. To be shown just how much of an everyday cultural integer poetry once was is a revelation to me.

Adolph Menzel (1815 – 1905)

October 12th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Book Review – “Chernobyl Prayer” Svetlana Alexievich (1997/2013)

September 30th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Yes, yes, yes. This is a brilliant book – saddening, maddening and moving.

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