Louvre Museum: Simone Memmi (Simone Martini) – Jesus Christ walking on Calvary (The Carrying of the Cross)
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In Avignon, about the year 1330. On the blue screen of a summer sky, an enormous mass of walls and towers is prominent, through a network of scaffoldings. It is the Palace of the Popes which rises, under the active … Read More

Voltaire: In what distress arrive at Cadiz Candide, Cunegonde, and the old woman, and their embarkation
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“Who could have stolen my money and my diamonds?” cried Cunégonde, weeping; “How shall we live? What will we do it? Where to find inquisitors and Jews who give me more?” “Alas!” said the old woman, “I suspect a Reverend … Read More

Voltaire: What happened to Cunegonde, Candide, the Grand Inquisitor, and a Jew
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This Issachar was the most choleric Hebrew that had been seen in Israel since the captivity in Babylon. “What!” he said, “bitch of a Galilean, it is not enough the Inquisitor? Must this rascal also share you with me?” In … Read More

The gulls
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… and in the morning, on the lake, the sleeping gulls dream of the blue sea… (04.08.2017) (Nicolae Sfetcu)

Louvre Museum
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City: Paris Address: 99, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris Coordinates: 48°51’40” north, 2°20’09” east Date of opening: August 10, 1793 Collections: Oriental Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities of the Louvre, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Objets d’art, Paintings, Graphic … Read More

Louvre Museum: Velazquez – Portrait of the Infanta Margarita
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Denon – 1 st floor – Painting in Spain in the 17th century – Room 30 It is said that Philip III, King of Spain, seeing from the windows of his palace a laughing man, said gravely: “Or this man … Read More

Voltaire, Candide: History of Cunegoride
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“I was in my bed and slept deeply when Heaven pleased to send the Bulgarians to our beautiful castle of Thunder-ten-tronckh; they killed my father and my brother, and cut off my mother in pieces. A great Bulgarian, six feet … Read More

Louvre Museum: Rembrandt – Portrait of Heindrickje Stoffels
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Rembrandt’s name shines so brightly in the sky of art that one may wonder if the immortal author of the Night Watch is not the greatest painter the world has ever known. What is most surprising, however, is that he … Read More

Voltaire: How an old woman took care of Candide, and how he found what he loved
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Candide did not take courage at all, but he followed the old woman into a hovel: she gave him a pot of pomade to rub himself, left him to eat and drink; she showed him a rather clean little bed; … Read More

Louvre: Giorgione – Pastoral Concert
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Denon wing – 1st floor – Mona Lisa room – Room 6 [Now considered a work from Titian’s youth] GIORGIO BARBARELLI, better known as Giorgione, marks the transition from the rather dry and naive way of Gothic art to the … Read More

Voltaire: How a beautiful autodafe was made to prevent the earthquakes, and how Candide was spanked
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After the earthquake that had destroyed three-quarters of Lisbon, the wises of the country not finding a more effective way to prevent total ruin than to give the people a beautiful autodafe; [after the earthquake of Lisbon, it was in … Read More

Pastel
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White swans On the green lake Under the blue sky. The sun rises. (Nicolae Sfetcu)

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