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Now Lies the Earth...

I was reminded of this gorgeous, sexy poem while reading (the excellent) The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark:

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white;
Nor waves the cypress in the palace walk;
Nor winks the gold fin in the porphyry font;
The firefly wakens, waken thou with me.

Now droops the milk-white peacock like a ghost,
And like a ghost she glimmers on to me.

Now lies the Earth all Danaë to the stars,
And all thy heart lies open unto me.

Now slides the silent meteor on, and leaves
A shining furrow, as thy thoughts, in me.

Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,
And slips into the bosom of the lake.
So fold thyself, my dearest, thou, and slip
Into my bosom and be lost in me.

Titian's Danaë (1553: Prado, Madrid)

I'll go back & look at these properly...

1. Anthony Gottlieb on What do philosophers believe? And what do people ask them in mid-air? (from More Intelligent Life).

2. The
Journal of Ancient Fingerprints (via ancientworldonline).

3.
Emails From Crazy People (via georgie love).

4. 'One Day I Will...' go to macaron classes at the Paris Ritz (via paris breakfasts).

5.
Ancient Industries' on Marianna Kennedy's resin and glass works.

6.
Elizabeth Berrier's wire sculptures (via modern cat -- below, the life-size wire portrait 'Fluffy and Mask'):


7. And let's buy some
foolish gadgets: Skunk Duster, USB surgeon drive and maybe a Benedictaphone.

Brack

Loved the John Brack exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

John Brack: Latin American Grand Final, 1969.
Oil on canvas, 167.5 x 205.0 cm; NGA, Canberra; © Helen Brack.

John Brack: The new house, 1953
Oil on canvas on board, 127.0 x 55.8 cm; Private collection, Brisbane; ; © Helen Brack.

John Brack: Collins St, 5p.m., 1955
Oil on canvas, 114.6 x 162.9 cm; NGV, Melbourne; © National Gallery of Victoria.

Image sources: National Gallery of Victoria.

Things I Must See



Ever since I saw a poster of this vase about 15 years ago, I have had the Musée Guimet high on my list of Things I Must See. I am determined to get there next year. The web site says it is temporarily closed due to a "serious technical injury" (one hopes it is not the smashing of this vase; cf. the Fitzwilliam Museum debacle).

Mille Fleurs famille rose vase. China, c. 1736-1795 (H. 48cm). Image source: Musée Guimet, Paris (inv. no. G 3444). The web site is a nice one, and you can send yourself a postcard of various lovely things.
Now Lies the Earth...HeysenStill LifeI'll go back & look at these properly...BrackAdelaide @ EtsyHad to have itLinear HistoryThe Mouseman of KilburnThings I Must See

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