Glories of the West: Greece’s monasteries in the sky

Source: METEORA : Greece’s monasteries in the sky | Places and People (Facebook)

Once again, I would have hoped for better music: Greek Orthodox chant, ideally, or at least something recognizably Greek. But the (presumably drone) video footage of the monasteries themselves is splendid!

 

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The Glories of the West: The Beauty of French Architecture

Lovely examples of what we’re fighting for, from “the eldest daughter of the Church” – la belle France.

 

Glories of the West – the Pre-Rafaelites: “Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May” (Waterhouse)

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This lovely painting fortuitously came across my newsfeed this morning, posted by a friend of mine, Paul Edward Lafferty Smallwood, who posted it and commented,

“‘Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May,’ 1909, John William Waterhouse, English. John William Waterhouse (1849 – 1917) was an English painter known for working first in the Academic style and for then embracing the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood’s style and subject matter. His artworks were known for their depictions of women from both ancient Greek mythology and Arthurian legend.”

The reference is to a poem by Robert Herrick (1591-1674), entitled “To the Virgins, to Make Much of TIme”:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry;
For having lost but once your prime,
You may forever tarry.

 

Glories of the West: the art of Daniel Ridgeway Knight

A montage video of some of the beautiful paintings of American-born artist Daniel Ridgeway Knight. From the original post:

Paintings by American artist Daniel Ridgway Knight ( born in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania , 1839 – died in Paris,1924)

Knight was a pupil at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, under Gleyre, and later worked in the private studio of Meissonier. After 1872 he lived in France, having a house and studio at Poissy on the Seine.

He painted peasant women out of doors with great popular success. He earned his first major distinction in France at the Paris Salon in 1882 with his large oil on canvas Un Deuil. He would go on to be awarded the silver medal and Cross of the Legion of Honor, Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1889, was made a Knight of the Royal Order of St. Michael of Bavaria, Munich, 1893, and received the gold medal of honor from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1893.

 

Glories of the West: J S Bach Cantata – ‘Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir’ BWV 29

Source: J S Bach Cantata- ‘(Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir)’ BWV 29- all of bach | YouTube

This, and pretty much anything else written by J.S. Bach!

The “cover photo” is a bit unfortunate; the poor woman looks like she is in pain. But the music is utterly magnificent, as might be expected!

Glories of the West: Portraiture

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Elizabeth Wethered Barringer by Frederico de Madrazo, c. 1852.

And of course, the beauty being portrayed is also among the glories of the West!

(Note that this is not, in fact, the first of three images; that stamp was, alas, on the image as I received it through my news-feed.)

Glories of the West: Gene Kelly – Roller Skates

Holy smokes! I had not seen this one. A stellar performance! I can barely stay upright on roller skates, much less tap-dance in them. A tap dancer extraordinaire. One of the true greats!

I also like how nice everyone looks: my parents’ generation: people dressed better just to step out the door (and sometimes even at home) than a lot of folks do to go to church, nowadays. If they even go, that is…