Saturday, 12 April 2014

About painting

From left to right: Julie Manet, Paul Valéry, Paule Gobillard, Ernest Rouart and Jeannie Gobillard. 

Source:  henkverveer from the Netherlands

About me

My current wallpaper

Jean Béraud, Une soirée,1878
A painting from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris

(this image 3543x1975 px)

Meet Béraud. What would his opinion be on the oil-to-pixels question?


La peinture est l'art d'aller à l'âme par l'entremise des yeux; et si l'effet s'arrète aux yeux, l'artiste n'a fait que la moindre partie du chemin.

Denis Diderot, Essais su la peinture (1796)

Painting is the art of getting to the soul through the eyes; and if the effect stops at the eyes, the artist has only made the smallest part of the way.

Find of the day: Bundi wall paintings

Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Dear art lovers, I'd like to share with you a couple of links to articles that I'm finding quite hard to categorize


Cockatoo perched in Renaissance painting forces rethink of history

About painting

            The female school of Art, Illustrated London News, 1868

(source: " A World of Our Own, Women as Artists" by Frances Borzello)

Spring quiz

(It's not an art quiz this time)

What feature have you got in your computer, a feature that you have probably used at some point, and can be traced back to the invention of an important figure of the the Italian Renaissance, around the XV century?

I'll give you some time.



It's not the zeros, those are Arabic.


Clue number 1: I have it right in front of me right now because Blogspot uses it.


And the answer is...


A humanist called Niccolo de Niccoli, who was born and lived in Florence, was the first to use the cursive script in his copying of ancient manuscripts, a task he really rejoiced in, and this kind of handwriting became the origin of the Italics typeface in printing. Thank you sir, it's been quite useful for quite a few people through the centuries.

Window display


Friday, 28 March 2014


Only  4.097 visits on Youtube??!?!?

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Maybe I shouldn't

Maybe I shouldn't.
Probably I shouldn't.
I know I shouldn't.
It sounds weird.
A bit like preaching,
Definitely not appropiate.
I should think twice...

What the ..., here I go:


There's no way you are ever going to become:

strong, spontaneous, romantic, sensual, femenine, mysterious, independant, assertive, interesting, charming, modern, elegant, powerful, unique, attractive, fascinating, enigmatic, self-assured or intelligent....


There, I said it, what a relief. This feels good. Thanks.

Thursday, 6 March 2014


Look what they sell near where I live. Do you need some extra cash and your bank/government/employer is not helping? Get yourself this very small bottle of the extraordinary  money-attracting oil and all your financial problems will be solved. Cheap and effective.

Easy Spanish II:

Aceite: oil
Atrae: attract
Dinero: money

Friday, 14 February 2014

Happy Valentine's day

Gotha lovers (Gothaer Liebespaar)  by the Master of the Housebook,1480-1485

at the Herzogliches Museum, Gotha, Germany

                                             Pentheus torn apart by Agave and Ino

"If we want to be positive about it, this is the first recession we spend together"

Monday, 30 December 2013

Results of the autumn quiz

So the ubiquitous wandering lady was this time on the painting by Pieter de Hooch (born 1629) "Interior of the burgomaster's council chamber in the amsterdam townhall", now at the Thyssen Museum in Madrid.
More Pieter de Hooch's paintings in this link

Those of you who got it right will be getting an amazing trip to the Caribbean.


A Monet jpg image not uploading fast enough

Ok, so I should open a new label called "fooling around", I know