"I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom. I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients." Gustave Courbet

12 May 2014

Happy birthday, Exile on Main St.

The Stones' album, Exile on Main St., was released on this date in 1972.

"Rocks Off"


Painters are not in any way unsociable through pride, but either because they find few pursuits equal to painting, or in order not to corrupt themselves with the useless conversation of idle people, and debase the intellect from the lofty imaginations in which they are always absorbed. 

- Michelangelo

From the BBC's series, Private Life of a Masterpiece, Michelangelo's David

07 May 2014


Spoken-word poet Sarah Kay was stunned to find she couldn’t be a princess, ballerina and astronaut all in one lifetime. In this talk, she delivers two powerful poems that show us how we can live other lives.



Homer, Sloop, Nassau, 1899

… an imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

- William Shakespeare, from A Midsummer Night's Dream

02 May 2014


My beard towards heaven, I feel my nape support
The back of my head, I grow the breast of a harpy
And my brush as it drips continually
Upon my face, makes it a gorgeous floor.


NOVA's retrospective on the decades long restoration of Sistine Chapel.

Michelangelo's fresco technique explained …