Broad Gold

June 19, 2021
Broad gold, the evening heavens glow
The April air is cool and tender.
You should have come ten years ago
And yet in welcome I surrender.

Come here, sit closer to me and look
With eyes that twinkle, mouth that purses,
Into my little blue-bound book
That holds my awkward childish verses.

Forgive me that I long forsook
Joy's sunny paths, nor glanced toward any.
Forgive me those whom I mistook
For you, alas, they were too many.
Anna Akhmatova and Iris Dement
Performed by Iris Dement
From her album The Trackless Woods
2015

The Commitments

June 18, 2021
Director: Alan Parker
1991

Crossing The Frozen Suwa Lake In Shinano Province

June 17, 2021

Ellen Terry As Lady Macbeth

June 16, 2021
John Singer Sargent
Photo © Tate 
CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)  
1889

The New Yorker

June 15, 2021

Liverpool

June 14, 2021
Bob Humphrey
2019

Solar Power

June 13, 2021

The Annunciation

June 12, 2021
George Hitchcock
The Art Institute of Chicago 
1887

Everybody Knows

June 11, 2021
Stepping out, everyone can see my face
All the things I can't erase from my life
Everybody knows
Performed by The Jayhawks in 2018
2006

Everybody Knows

June 11, 2021
Natalie Maines, Gary Louris, Emily Robison, Martie Seidel
Performed by The Chicks
2006

Misty

June 1, 2021
Erroll Garner
Performed by Stan Getz
1954

Faces #6

May 31, 2021
Photo by Wes Walker on Unsplash

Find My Way

May 30, 2021

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen

May 29, 2021
Edgar Degas
Photo © Tate 
CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)  
1922

Concert On The West Pier, Brighton

May 28, 2021
Douglas Fox Pitt
Photo © Tate 
CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)  
1916

Woman With A Cat

May 27, 2021
Edouard Manet
Photo © Tate 
CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)  
1880

Son Of A Preacher Man

May 26, 2021
John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins
Performed by Joss Stone in 2017
1968

The Minotaur

May 25, 2021
George Frederic Watts
Photo © Tate 
CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)  
1885

Saint Catherine Of Alexandria And Twelve Scenes From Her Life

May 24, 2021
This panel depicts the early Christian saint, Catherine of Alexandria, holding a book and a palm leaf of martyrdom, surrounded by a dozen scenes from her legend. A beautiful and highly intelligent young noble woman, Catherine vowed only to marry if she found a suitor who surpassed her in every way. She was presented with an image of the Virgin and Child by an elderly hermit, who encouraged her to pray to the Virgin so that she might be granted a vision of her spouse. When she did as instructed, she had a vision of the Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child, her bridegroom. Having converted to Christianity and been baptized, Catherine was mystically married to Christ.

In the sixth century, Pope Gregory the Great sanctioned the use of images in churches since, he contended, they served as books for the illiterate. This adage was repeated and expanded upon by theologians in later centuries. Saint Thomas Aquinas insisted that, in addition to their didactic function, images served two further ends. Firstly, they aided believers in fixing the examples of the saints more vividly in their memory, and secondly, they served to excite more intense feelings of devotion than text alone, and therefore facilitated a more exalted meditative experience. The events of Catherine’s conversion, shown in the opening four scenes at left, offer a fitting demonstration of the instructive, cognitive, and devotional power of images, since it was through her contemplation of an image that Catherine experienced her vision, subsequent conversion, and mystic marriage.

The remaining eight narrative scenes follow the legend of Saint Catherine as recounted by Jacobus de Voragine: Catherine debating with pagan scholars, who were converted to Christianity after their encounter with her, and the scholars’ subsequent martyrdom; Catherine’s imprisonment by the Emperor; the Empress’s visit and conversion; Christ comforting Catherine in prison; her miraculous survival of death by a spiked wheel; the decapitation of soldiers she had converted to Christianity; and, lastly, her own death by beheading.

On The Street Where You Live

May 23, 2021