sexta-feira, 30 de maio de 2014

Cinco sentidos

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Nós temos cinco sentidos: 
são dois pares e meio de asas. 
- Como quereis o equilíbrio?

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quarta-feira, 28 de maio de 2014

Trigo

Vincent van Gogh, Wheat Field with a Lark (1887)
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A menina comprou um chapéu
E pô-lo devagarzinho:
Nele nasceram papoilas
Dois passáros fizeram ninho.

Chapéu de palha de trigo
Que a foice um dia cortou
Na cabeça da menina
O trigo ressuscitou.

Depois tirou o chapéu
Tirou-o devagarinho
Não vão murchar as papoilas
Não se vá espantar o ninho.

E, chapéuzinho na mão
De cabeça levantada
A menina olhou o Sol
Como a dizer-lhe: obrigada!

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terça-feira, 27 de maio de 2014

Papoilas

Cicely Mary Barker, Poppy fairy.
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Alegre Menina

Papoila encarnada
De seda vestida
Alegre menina
Na serra nascida

Papoila encarnada
Cabeça tão escura
Alegre menina
Que tão pouco dura

Papoila encarnada
Pezinho tão verde
Alegre menina
De vida tão breve.
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Matilde Rosa Araújo, As Fadas Verdes, Porto, Livraria Civilização Editora, 1994.
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Georgia O'Keeffe, Red Poppy (1927)

segunda-feira, 26 de maio de 2014

A fénix e o círculo

Katsushika Hokusai, Phoenix.
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“Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?”
“Hmm . . . What do you think, Harry?” said Luna, looking thoughtful.
“What? Isn’t there just a password?”
“Oh no, you’ve got to answer a question,” said Luna.
“What if you get it wrong?”
“Well, you have to wait for somebody who gets it right,” said Luna. “That way you learn, you see?”
“Yeah . . . Trouble is, we can’t really afford to wait for anyone else, Luna.”
“No, I see what you mean,” said Luna seriously. “Well then, I think the answer is that a circle has no beginning.”
“Well reasoned,” said the voice, and the door swung open.
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J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007), p. 587.
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domingo, 25 de maio de 2014

Futuro(s)

Paul Klee, The Future Man (1933)
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«Who knows? Human events entail too many variables, too many uncertainties, to make scientific statements about our future.
But we can still dream.The next golden age of human achievement begins here and now New Year's Day of the next cosmic year.
In the first tenth of a second, we take the vision of the pale blue dot to heart, and learn how to share this tiny world with each other.
The last internal combustion engine is placed in a museum, as the effects of climate change reverse and diminish.
A fifth of a second into this future people will stop dying from the effects of poverty.
The planet is now a completely self-sustaining, intercommunicating organism.
A half-second from now, the polar ice caps are restored to the way they were in the 19th century, and the forecast is mild and pleasant for the next cosmic minute and a half 40,000 years.
By the time we are ready to settle even the nearest other planetary systems, we will have changed.
The simple passage of so many generations will have changed us.
Necessity will have changed us.
We are an adaptable species.
It will not be we who reach Alpha Centauri and the other nearby star systems on our interstellar arks.
It will be a species very like us, but with more of our strengths and fewer of our weaknesses; more confident, far-seeing, capable and wise.
For all our failings, despite our flaws and limitations, we humans are capable of greatness».
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Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey (2014).

sábado, 24 de maio de 2014

Mundos

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"But do you really mean, sir," said Peter, "that there could be other worlds — all over the place, just round the corner — like that?"
"Nothing is more probable," said the Professor, taking off his spectacles and beginning to polish them, while he muttered to himself, "I wonder what they do teach them at these schools."
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sexta-feira, 23 de maio de 2014

«Entusiasmo»

Com o pensamento na 
COZINHA DOS VURDÓNS (onde li este belo poema de Cecília Meireles), 
porque o Dia Nacional do Cigano é comemorado oficialmente no Brasil no dia 24 de Maio.

Ruth Jacobi, Gypsy.
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Entusiasmo

Por uns caminhos extravagantes,
irei ao encontro desses amores
- por que suspiro – distantes.
Rejeito os vossos, que são de flores.
Eu quero as vagas, quero os espinhos
e as tempestades, senhores.
Sou de ciganos e de adivinhos.
Não me conformo com os circunstantes
e a cor dos vossos caminhos.
Ide com os zoilos e os sicofantes.
Mas respeitai vossos adversários
que não querem ser triunfantes.
Vou com sonâmbulos e corsários,
poetas, astrólogos e a torrente
dos mendigos perdulários.
E cantamos fantasticamente,
pelos caminhos extravagantes,
para Deus, nosso parente.
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quinta-feira, 22 de maio de 2014

Dia Internacional da Biodiversidade

Edward Atkinson Hornel, The Music of the Woods (1906, National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh)
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«Cultivating and conserving diversity is no luxury in our times: it is a survival imperative.»
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quarta-feira, 21 de maio de 2014

Gémeo(a)s

Mateus Nunes de Oliveira, São Cosme e São Damião (séc. XVII-XVIII, Museu Grão Vasco)
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Jan Steen, Twin Birth Celebration (1668)
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John Everett Millais, Twins (Grace and Kate Hoare) (1876)
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Paul Allen
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Mikalojus Ciurlionis, Gemini (1907)

terça-feira, 20 de maio de 2014

Irmãos

Domingos Sequeira, Retrato de Domingos e Mariana Benedita Vitória de Sequeira (1815-1816, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga)
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«A brother is a friend given by Nature.»
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segunda-feira, 19 de maio de 2014

Tempo II

Ampulheta (1501-1525, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga)
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“Harry, come here,” she said urgently. “Quick!”
Harry moved toward her, completely bewildered. She was holding the chain out. He saw a tiny, sparkling hourglass hanging from it.
“Here —”
She had thrown the chain around his neck too.
“Ready?” she said breathlessly.
“What are we doing?” Harry said, completely lost.
Hermione turned the hourglass over three times.
The dark ward dissolved. Harry had the sensation that he was flying very fast, backward. A blur of colors and shapes rushed past him, his ears were pounding, he tried to yell but couldn’t hear his own voice — And then he felt solid ground beneath his feet, and everything came into focus again —
(…)
“Where did you get that hourglass thing?”
“It’s called a Time-Turner (...).”
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J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999), pp. 394-395.

sexta-feira, 16 de maio de 2014

As abelhas

Em sintonia com um post do Arpose
Ivan Shishkin, Bee families in the forest (1876)
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«If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.»
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quinta-feira, 15 de maio de 2014

Para o Dia da Família

Pablo Picasso, The happy family (c.1917, Musée Picasso, Paris)
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«We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.»
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quarta-feira, 14 de maio de 2014

Tempo I

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«Time is the most valuable thing that a man can spend.»
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terça-feira, 13 de maio de 2014

Escolhas

 Annibale Carracci, The Choice of Heracles (c.1596)
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«It is our choices, (…), that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.»
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J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 1998, p. 333.

sexta-feira, 9 de maio de 2014

Eterno

Claude Monet, Dandelions
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«Eterno é tudo aquilo que dura uma fração de segundo, mas com tamanha intensidade que se petrifica e nenhuma força o resgata....»
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quinta-feira, 8 de maio de 2014

Forma e conteúdo

Robert Delaunay, Circular Forms (1930, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York)
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«Je crois que l’arrondissement de la phrase n’est rien. Mais que bien écrire est tout, parce que “bien écrire, c’est à la fois bien sentir, bien penser et bien dire” (Buffon). […] Enfin, je crois la Forme et le Fond deux subtilités, deux entités qui n’existent jamais l’une sans l’autre. Ce souci de la Beauté extérieure que vous me reprochez est pour moi une méthode. Quand je découvre une mauvaise assonance ou une répétition dans une de mes phrases, je suis sûr que je patauge dans le Faux; à force de chercher, je trouve l’expression juste qui était la seule, et qui est, en même temps, l’harmonieuse; le mot ne manque jamais quand on possède l’idée.»
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Flaubert, 1876.


quarta-feira, 7 de maio de 2014

Objectos

John Thomson (antes de 1898)
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«É preciso desinventar os objetos. O pente, por exemplo. É preciso dar ao pente funções de não pentear. Até que ele fique à disposição de ser uma begônia. Ou uma gravanha. Usar algumas palavras que ainda não tenham idioma». 
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terça-feira, 6 de maio de 2014

Biedermeier

Georg Friedrich Kersting, Woman Embroidering* (1817, Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie)
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«A pintura Biedermeier no es heroica ni pretende dar lecciones morales recurriendo a las grandes narraciones del passado grecorromano. Al contrario, es una pintura que representa hombres y mujeres sorprendidos en sus actividades cotidianas (...). (...) sus obras son un valioso documento de cómo vivía una clase social que aspiraba a la belleza y a la dignidad prescindiendo del lujo. (...)»
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Isabel Campi, Diseño y Nostalgia, El Consumo de la Historia, Barcelona, Ediciones de Belloch, 2007, p. 120.
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* Existem outras duas versões desta mesma pintura; as diferenças são mínimas:

(1812)
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segunda-feira, 5 de maio de 2014

Pensamento positivo

Willi Baumeister, Happy Day (1947)
“So . . .” Professor Lupin had taken out his own wand, and indicated that Harry should do the same. “The spell I am going to try and teach you is highly advanced magic (...). It is called the Patronus Charm.” (...)
“What does a Patronus look like?” said Harry curiously.
“Each one is unique to the wizard who conjures it.”
“And how do you conjure it?”
“With an incantation, which will work only if you are concentrating, with all your might, on a single, very happy memory.”
(...) “The incantation is this —” Lupin cleared his throat. “Expecto patronum!”
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J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 1999, pp. 237-238.
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domingo, 4 de maio de 2014

sábado, 3 de maio de 2014

Antecipando o Dia da Mãe

Thomas Cooper Gotch, The Mother Enthroned
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«A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts».
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sexta-feira, 2 de maio de 2014

Tempo

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Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
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quinta-feira, 1 de maio de 2014

Maio

Irmãos Limbourg, Les très riches heures du Duc de Berry - Mai (1412-1416, Musée Condé, Chantilly)
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Oficina de Simon Bening, Livro de Horas, Calendário (mês de Maio) (1530-1534, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga)
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António de Holanda (atribuído) Livro de Horas, Calendário (mês de Maio) (1517-1551, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga)
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Jacob van Huysum, Twelve months of flowers: May (séc. XVIII, Fitzwilliam Museum)
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James Thomas Linnell, A May morning
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Maurice Prendergast, May Day, Central Park (1901, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland)
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Diego Rivera, May Day Procession in Moscow (1956)