French actor Jacques Tati, at the Museum of Modern Art’s Sculpture Garden in New York, captured by Yale Joel (1958)
Looking at Max Ernst’s The King Playing with the Queen
A Seated Woman, Dissected, Holding a Dissected Baby, Accompanied by Separate Sections of the Body
by Jacques-Fabien Gautier D’Agoty
- Date painted: 1764/1765
- Oil on canvas , 200.5 x 64.5 cm
- Collection: Wellcome Library
"At first, when I was going to play the character, I had a hard time understanding how I was going to play a king. I couldn’t understand. I don’t know what it’s like to be a king. I didn’t grow up in a castle. I was thinking about it pretty technically. Then I just thought, maybe I’ll try to approach it as playing a man who was trying to connect, but wasn’t doing a great job of it. [A man who] desperately wanted to relate to people and actually did have a lot to say, but wasn’t saying it." — Jason Schwartzman on his role as Louis XVI in Marie Antoinette (2006).
I have so many complicated feelings about this movie. I loved it to death aesthetically, but the script was inconsistent; it wanted to be post-modern and historical at the same time, just making the whole thing uneven. That said, I will always throw down for Jason Schwarzman. For the small part they gave him, I think he did the best he could. Ride and die.
Admit it, this guy is more excited about Napoleon than you’ll ever be.
Black is beautiful
Black manuscript, popular in the late Burgundian era - the autumn of the Middle Ages as framed by Huizinga - belong to the most precious medieval books. Dyed parchment, written with silver ink, has a shiny outlook and fascinates the beholder. The pages with only text and some fillers fascinate me most, so the litany at the end of the penitential psalms represents sheer beauty. And the unwritten page with only some lines in silver has the atractiveness of some of the best abstract works of art.
New York PML
Unattributed, Martha Bartlett with Kitten, (1860)
Description de l’Égypte, ou, Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Egypte pendant l’expédition de l’armée française, 1828.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Otto Freundlich (1878 - Majdanek, Poland, 1943). Rose Window II, 1941. Gouache on cardboard. Musées de Pointoise.
© Musées de Pontoise, © Imec Images, Otto Freundlich.
Orazio GENTILESCHI, Italian painter (b. 1563, Pisa, d. 1639, London)
Oil on canvas, 144 x 130 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington