Friday, May 11, 2018

Stylish Pictures from the European Eighteenth Century

Sebastiano Ricci
Bacchus and Ceres
before 1710
oil on canvas
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Jean-Antoine Watteau
Fêtes Vénitiennes
oil on canvas
National Galleries of Scotland

Jean-Baptiste Pater
Fête Champêtre
before 1736
oil on canvas
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

from A Placebo

I feel love from the fashion community as light from photographs of others' bodies
as light from their scrutiny of my photograph in a dress bold enough to sustain
the penetration of disembodied light of my entrance.

To audience, unnamed cutters, sewers, embroiderers, beaders I attribute this beauty,
when meaning i.e., style, is given a sympathetic presence.

Mirroring touches it, like exquisite jet beads on a gray coatdress in almost
transparent bouclé, clusters of dark stones on the shoulder.

A loose blouse in cream silk crepe is tied at the sleeves with glistening cellophane

You feel I understand your own contingency plans.

Do you remember my show in London, when all the models were drunk, broken
glass everywhere?

Fashion does that, giving shape and color to our inarticulate impulses.

I present the contemporary as liminal, transitions, transparencies.

You nurture the uncontained confusion, when no preamble resonance has yet

The gray is cloudy, deep, but without melancholy.

– Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge (2013)

Alessandro Magnasco
Landscape with Camaldolite monks praying at a roadside shrine
ca. 1720-30
oil on canvas
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Antonio David
Baptism in Rome of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (the Young Pretender)
oil on canvas
National Galleries of Scotland

Anonymous artist
Portrait of an unknown man
before 1750
oil on canvas
National Galleries of Scotland

Arthur Pond
Portrait of the poet Thomas Gray
ca. 1731
oil on canvas
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Nicolas Lancret
Music party in a landscape
before 1743
oil on panel
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Nicolas Lancret
Dans cette aimable solitude
before 1743
oil on panel
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Domenico Guidobono
An Allegory
before 1746
oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Flat: Sentences from the Prefaces of Fourteen Science Books

1.  Mary-Frances applied continual pressure on me to start the job and helped in recording and editing.

2.  Thanks to Sandra for her heroic typing, although this need not be taken to indicate her agreement with various points.

3.  Peter provided information about the notorious perpetual pill.

4.  As someone who gloried in seeing dogma overturned, he would have delighted in the irony of seeing arguments for the reverse.

5.  And without their willingness to take on the chore of responding to our whims and fancies over a 3-year period, this book would have fallen short of its goals.

6.  The production of this tome would have been unthinkable without the marvelous electronic tools that are now widely available.

7.  However, Chapter 7 was written in a relatively self-contained fashion, so the serious student may skip Chapter 6 and delve directly into the theory.

8.  The late abbess of Shasta Abbey proved that looking through different windows into the same room is not a metaphor.

9.  Nick, who is writing a book on oxygen, gave much appreciated data concerning that element.

10.  The filmstrip format employed in Chapter 10 originated with Elizabeth.

11.  I have been very fortunate in being able to use such penetrating minds.

12.  In recent months, I have often felt like a small child in a sweet shop as astronomers all round the world have sent me the most mouthwatering new data.

13.  Suffice it at this point to observe that I am not just talking about wallpaper patterns on shirts and dresses, although many of these patterns do turn out to have interesting properties.

14.  I do not expect that many readers will want to be masochistic enough to want to read the book in order from cover to cover.

– Bruce Covey (2010)

Jean-Baptiste Oudry
The Bloodhound
(design for tapestry)
before 1755
oil on canvas
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Pietro Rotari
Young woman with a book
ca. 1756-62
oil on canvas
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

David Martin
ca. 1760
oil on canvas
National Galleries of Scotland

Francis Cotes
Portrait of Catherine Gunning
before 1770
National Galleries of Scotland

Francis Wheatley
Portrait of Benjamin Bond Hopkins
before 1791
oil on canvas
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Poems from the archives of Poetry (Chicago)