Saturday, April 28, 2012

Nydia, blind girl of Pompeii, one more time

I just love this statue -- so naturally I couldn't resist a repeat with a few additional images. Sculpted by Randolph Rogers (1825-1892), the statue depicts the slave girl Nydia, a character in the 1834 best-selling novel The Last Days of Pompeii by Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton. During the eruption of Vesusvius, using only her hearing because visibility is virtually non-existent, she leads a group of survivors out from under the cloud of smoke and ash

Friday, April 27, 2012

Lunch time at the RISD Museum

I often drop by to say hello to two of my favorite people in the museum, Impressionist artist Berthe Morisot, painted by her brother-in-law Edouard Manet, who is resting next to her. No matter where I sit, though, they keep avoiding me, looking at something off in the distance over my left shoulder.
Berthe Morisot, in Le Repos by Edouard Manet

Edouard Manet by Carolus-Duran
And there is Rodin's interpretation of Balzac's intensity and immensity (well, he wasn't that big), matched in the next room by. . .
Balzac by Rodin
Frith's incredible collection of human interest stories told with color and perspective:
Detail from William Frith's Sal d'Or (in the grand gallery)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Susie helps raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

This past Saturday Susie (AKA the French Tarte) joined a dozen or so other artists in a charity event to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. At the end of three hours, they had brought in more than $3000! It was a gorgeous day on the east side of Providence and a good time was had by all -- although there were no more caramel nut tarts left for me to indulge my own peculiar pastry obsession (well, OK, one of several pastry obsessions with which I'm afflicted, I admit).
The auction was held in this home just off of Wayland Square
Susie was set up in the bar

the silent auction table

two of Susie's three tarts as part of the silent auction

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Juliette Recamier by Joseph Chinard

Sometime after 1801 - Juliette is buried in Montmartre Cemetery, Paris:

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Refund from Locaboat

As is typical in today's world of electronic money transfer when it comes to taking your money it happens almost instantaneously -- but when it comes to getting it back, say in the way of a refund it can take many days if not several weeks.

That's not the case with Locaboat. Once I asked our agent Roger Van Dyken to initiate a refund, it was just a few days before our credit card was, well, credited.

A good lesson though: no matter how far ahead of your booking date you cancel your Locaboat reservation, you will pay a hefty "administrative" fee, no matter what (€`150). Unless you take out trip/travel insurance, the premium for which might be larger than the fee.  In all fairness to Roger strongly warned us about the importance of taking out trip cancellation insurance but we've never done it before and so. . . . Say goodbye. . . for now:

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Self Portrait by Paul Bril


Friday, April 06, 2012

Nydia the blind girl of Pompeii 1855-56, by Randolph Rogers

Sculpted by Randolph Rogers (1825-1892), the statue depicts the slave girl Nydia, a character in the 1834 best-selling novel The Last Days of Pompeii by Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

From RISD Museum

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler by John Singer Sargent

It's the eyes that pulled me in. . .