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Not my ancestors: The Demon Chicken of Kiev

In the series Not My Ancestors today: The Demon Chicken of Kiev

The demon chicken of Kiev, not to be confused with a chicken Kiev, terrorised the earth around 1666.

This chicken was so demonic that when people saw it, they immediately fell to their knees and kissed its hooves, and begged for their lives to  be spared.

The reign of the Demon Chicken came to an end when a meteorite fell from the sky and crushed it to death.

I am not related to this chicken in any way. The chicken died without offspring.


Double take

I ran into this picture while I was checking something about the death of Charles the Bold, for the document I’m drafting up.

Apparently there are some vintage collectible pictures circulating around showing important moments in history, issued by Liebig.

The line above translates as “Real meat extract Liebig”. Now, nothing special about Liebig, it was one of the things my grandmothers always had in stock.

But that line advertising meat extract above a picture of the gruesome death of the Bold is HA HA HA, quite morbid.

This image is also available as an Alamy stock image.

Get it? Literally a stock image.

HA HA HA again.

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NB I have updated the Seven Sacraments page with some info.


Site update: Pictures of the Seven Sacraments

I have uploaded the pictures I took of the Seven Sacraments altarpiece by Rogier van der Weyden on a separate page under the menu (see above or on the right). I have not yet added my personal thoughts and background information.

The page can be found here:

V. Documents & Background > The Dukes of Burgundy > The Seven Sacraments by Rogier van der Weyden


Forward to the past

Hospices de Beaune – Picture from the family archives, AD many, many years ago. They were founded by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor to Philip the Good.  The hospices, not our archives, lol.

As you can see I have done a rollback of the site, up till July. I am trying to keep this site as clean as possible and it was getting very cluttered . I have gathered so much information now that I am going to reorganise it in a more structured way as pages,  under Documents & Background, including the relevant pictures. It will be password protected (password available upon request).

As for the art, we’ll see how and where it goes.

 

 


Bozar – Spanish still life

The past few weeks have mostly been filled with sorting and listing old stuff and assignment related work.  I have also been studying a couple books for the sequel to Lazarus, mostly about Babylon and Grail stuff. Last but not least I’ve set up a small side site with some random funny images I encounter here and there. No fixed posting schedule so expectations are low.

There is not a lot of WIP  – written or painted –  ready to be flung on the net right now (it never is, really).  Instead I offer you a short overview of an art echibition we visited last week, Spanish still life at the Bozar (Brussels).  I was mainly interested in seeing the Velazquez up close as I’m still working on the copy of the dead Jesus but that was a little disappointing. However, there were two large canvases by Antonio de Pereda which was great. I’ve been studying those exact paintings for the Baroque style still life I still have on my plate, pun intended. It was possible to look at the paintings from a very short distance so we set off the alarms quite a few times, he he.

So here are some pictures I took, with some random comments included. Enjoy.

Small painting of books by an anonymous painter.  The colours and the light were exquisite.

Left side of the Velazquez painting. A bit drab imho.

A cat that looked a lot like our own house tiger hiding in one of the still lifes.

Melon and dead birds, the ideal dinner companions.

Another dead bird, by Goya this time.

Look at the man’s nose.

And next details of two of the Pereda paintings:

 

The knight’s dream. The light on the knight was amazing.

 

 

No overview but some details of the other Vanitas painting by Pereda:

A highly detailed globe

My favourite bit of the entire collection: the reflection in the harness

 

And last but not least the picture stuck to the table cover:

That’s all for today, folks…

 


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