Voltaire: What happened to Candide, Cunegonde, Pangloss, Martin, etc.
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“Excuse me, once more,“ said Candide to the baron; “I beg your pardon, Reverend Father, for having given you a big blow of sword through the body.” “Let’s not talk about it any more,” said the Baron; “I was a … Read More

Louvre: Raphael – Portrait of Dona Isabel de Requesens, Vice-Queen of Naples
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(The identity of the model, designated in the ancient sources as “vice-queen of Naples” and confused, following an error of Brantome, with Joanna of Aragon, was restored to the benefit of Dona Isabel de Requesens, wife of Don Ramon Folc … Read More

Voltaire: Travel of Candide to Constantinople
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The faithful Cacambo had already obtained from the Turkish patron who was to take Sultan Achmet back to Constantinople to receive Candide and Martin on board. Both of them went after they prostrated themselves before his miserable highness. Candide, on … Read More

Nattier –  Mademoiselle de Lambesc as Minerva, arming her brother the Comte de Brionne
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In front of a drapery raised and fixed to a column, Mademoiselle de Lambesc sits on a rock-chair. Its body is three-quarters, slightly turned to the right, and its beautiful face, with imperious look, is seen from the front. She … Read More

The Rape
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by Nicolae Sfetcu It was a burning heat outside. Michael descended sweaty, but happy, the stairs of the shop He paused on the stairs of the entrance, took off his straw-colored hat, and looked at it once again with satisfaction. … Read More

Voltaire: Of a supper that Candide and Martin made with six foreigners, and who they were
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One evening Candide, followed by Martin, was about to sit down to the table with the strangers who were staying in the same inn, and a man with a face of sooty color approached him from behind, and taking him … Read More

Autumn
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I feel, it’s here, it always has to be: The autumn, with my yellow tree. The little rain, a classic blues, and me … (18.07.2017)

Voltaire: Visit to the Lord Pococurante, Venetian nobleman
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Candide and Martin went in gondola on the Brenta, and reached the palace of the noble Pococurante. The gardens were pretty good, and adorned with beautiful statues of marble; the palace of a beautiful architecture. The master of the house, … Read More

Louvre: Boucher – Pastoral Subject
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At the foot of a tree with a dark green foliage, standing out in force on the azure sky, a shepherd and a shepherdess are seated. Shepherd and shepherdess with a fine face, with well-dressed clothes, peasants of convention as … Read More

Louvre: Gerard David – Marriage at Cana
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Richelieu wing – 2nd floor – Flanders, 17th century – Room 19 The scene takes place in a house in Bruges, on the square of the Holy Blood, whose Gothic constructions are visible through the open windows. The feast table, … Read More

Voltaire: About Paquette, and brother Giroflee
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As soon as he was at Venice, he sent for Cacambo in all the taverns, in all the cafes, and all the girls of joy, and didn‘t find him. He sent every day to the discovery of all the ships … Read More

Louvre Museum: Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities
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Egyptian Antiquities  (Sphinx of Amenemhat II, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Louvre_sphinx.jpg) The Department of Egyptian Antiquities was created on May 15, 1826, by royal decree of Charles X. He made Jean-François Champollion, who had just acquired the collection of the British consul Salt (4,000 … Read More

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