sexta-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2015

Caminhos

Spencer Bylesc (link)
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«One’s options in this world are as vast as the horizon, which is technically a circle and thus infinitely broad. Yet we must choose each step we take with utmost caution, for the footprints we leave behind are as important as the path we will follow. They’re part of the same journey — our story.»
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quinta-feira, 29 de janeiro de 2015

Coragem ... e pensamento positivo

Flora McLachlan, A forest
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“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”
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quarta-feira, 28 de janeiro de 2015

Lendas, mitos e imaginários

Arthur Rackham, Sangreal (1917)
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“After all, I believe that legends and myths are largely made of 'truth', and indeed present aspects of it that can only be received in this mode; and long ago certain truths and modes of this kind were discovered and must always reappear.”
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Desde há muitos anos que sou apaixonada pela Lenda do Rei Artur e pela demanda do Graal. Acho que li e vi quase tudo que alcancei sobre o tema - que ainda me fascina. Sou uma admiradora de Sir Galahad, que, entre os Cavaleiros da Távola Redonda, é o meu preferido - e é aquele que conseguiu chegar ao fim da demanda.

George Frederic Watts, Sir Galahad
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Mas, nessa lenda, há outra personagem que me fascina: o Mago Merlin.

(link)
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Que, na minha mente, se relaciona quase automaticamente aos meus outros dois feiticeiros preferidos, de histórias bem mais recentes: Gandalf e Dumbledore. 

John Howe, Gandalf
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Elizabeth P, Dumbledore 
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Contudo, hoje de manhã, pensava que esses três personagens têm no meu imaginário uma ligação quase directa a outros dois da minha infância e juventude, de que também gosto muito: o Maestro de Era uma Vez o Homem e o Druida Panoramix.

(link)
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(link)

terça-feira, 27 de janeiro de 2015

Feiticeiros...

Edward Burne-Jones, The Wizard
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«And his knowledge remained woefully incomplete, Harry! That which Voldemort does not value, he takes no trouble to comprehend. Of house-elves and children’s tales, of love, loyalty, and innocence, Voldemort knows and understands nothing. Nothing. That they all have a power beyond his own, a power beyond the reach of any magic, is a truth he has never grasped.»
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J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)

segunda-feira, 26 de janeiro de 2015

Do sonho (ainda)

Cândido Costa Pinto (c. 1968)
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«O homem nunca pode parar de sonhar. O sonho é o alimento da alma, como a comida é o alimento do corpo.»
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Paulo Coelho, O Diário de um Mago, Lisboa, Pergaminho, 1999 (3.ª ed.), p. 51.

domingo, 25 de janeiro de 2015

E para a minha princesa, que faz anos hoje...

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Uma bailarina de Degas (link da fotografia)
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Um bolo em camadas, que ela queria, mas não houve possibilidade...
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E, sim, a Violetta (gosto muito desta canção)
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«Tómame la mano ven aquí
El resto lo hará tu corazón
No hay nada que no puedes conseguir
Si vuelas alto»
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sábado, 24 de janeiro de 2015

Para a Ana, com amizade

3 presentes (virtuais) do Louvre para a Ana, que faz anos hoje :-)
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Um calendário de 2015, com bouquets de:
Jan Frans van Dael (1764-1840)
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
Edouard Manet (1832-1883)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
Odilon Redon (1840-1916)
Jean Benner-Fries (1796-1849
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Um gato de Antoine-Louis Barye (1795-1875)
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“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” 

E, por isso, vão também uns bombons da Arcádia

sexta-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2015

Sonhar...

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Margate, from the Sea (c.1835-1840, National Galley, Londres - via Gandalf's Gallery)
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«So dream a better dream; then work to make it real
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quinta-feira, 22 de janeiro de 2015

Contos de fadas

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"The more one knows fairy tales, the less fantastical they appear; they can be vehicles of the grimmest realism, expressing hope against all the odds with gritted teeth."
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quarta-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2015

Sonhos, magia, ...

Flora McLachlan, Flying Dreams
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«We go by many names, and take many forms. We bring wonder and hope, we bring joy and dreams. We are the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy, we are the Easter Bunny, and Santa. And our powers are greater than you ever imagine...»-
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terça-feira, 20 de janeiro de 2015

E tecer

John William Waterhouse, Penelope and the Suitors (1912, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums)
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Toyohara Chikanobu, Mulher a tecer (1890)
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Geskel Saloman, Stuginteriör med Kvinna vid Vävstol (Cottage Interior with Woman at the Loom) (1857, Dansk Jødisk Museum, Copenhaga)
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Vincent van Gogh, Weaver at the Loom (1884, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo) 
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Paul Sérusier, Le Tisserand (The Weaver) (1888, Musée d’Art et d’Archéologie, Senlis)
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Ernest Bieler, La Tisserande
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segunda-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2015

Ser

Johannes Gumpp, Auto-retrato (1646, Galeria Uffizi, Florença)
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"I did not know before," continued Bingley immediately, "that you were a studier of character. It must be an amusing study." 
"Yes, but intricate characters are the most amusing. They have at least that advantage." 
"The country," said Darcy, "can in general supply but a few subjects for such a study. In a country neighbourhood you move in a very confined and unvarying society." 
"But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever."
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Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice.

sexta-feira, 16 de janeiro de 2015

Da arte

Jorge Barradas (1932, Centro de Arte Moderna)
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«A arte, é a objectivação da vida, porque sonhar é viver também.»
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J. M. Teixeira de Carvalho, 1926, Notas de Arte e Crítica, Porto, Livraria Moreira Editora, p. 208.

quinta-feira, 15 de janeiro de 2015

Da imaginação

Jorge Segurado, Tentações de Sábio Computador (1976, Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisboa)
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«I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.»
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quarta-feira, 14 de janeiro de 2015

Das portas, do xadrez e da Alice

Peter Newell (1902)
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«She was standing before an arched doorway over which were the words QUEEN ALICE in large letters, and on each side of the arch there was a bell-handle; one was marked "Visitors Bell," and the other "Servants' Bell."
(...)
Alice knocked and rang in vain for a long time, but at last a very old Frog, who was sitting under a tree, got up and hobbled slowly towards her: he was dressed in bright yellow, and had enormous boots on.
"What is it, now?" the Frog said in a deep hoarse whisper.
Alice turned round, ready to find fault with anybody. "Where's the servant whose business it is to answer the door?" she began angrily.
"Which door?" said the Frog.
Alice almost stamped with irritation at the slow drawl in which he spoke. "This door, of course!"
The Frog looked at the door with his large dull eyes for a minute: then he went nearer and rubbed it with his thumb, as if he were trying whether the paint would come off; then he looked at Alice.
"To answer the door?" he said. "What's it been asking of?" He was so hoarse that Alice could scarcely hear him.
"I don't know what you mean," she said.
"I speaks English, doesn't I?" the Frog went on. "Or are you deaf? What did it ask you?"
"Nothing!" Alice said impatiently. "I've been knocking at it!"
"Shouldn't do that—shouldn't do that—" the Frog muttered. "Wexes it, you know." Then he went up and gave the door a kick with one of his great feet. "You let it alone," he panted out, as he hobbled back to his tree, "and it'll let you alone, you know."
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Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (link)
(os "negritos" são meus)
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Nell e Robin Dale, Alice Through the Looking Glass Chess Set (1983) - a pensar no meu marido que fez anos no Sábado e gosta de jogar Xadrez... Até eu gostava de ter este!

terça-feira, 13 de janeiro de 2015

Do mistério

Ernest Biéler, L'Eau mysterieuse
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«The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.»
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segunda-feira, 12 de janeiro de 2015

Da coragem

Augustin Hirschvogel, Landscape with Small Church and Arch over Stream (1545 (?), Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nova Iorque)
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«The way is clear,
The light is good,
I have no fear,
Nor no one should.
The woods are just trees,
The trees are just wood.
No need to be afraid there»
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quinta-feira, 8 de janeiro de 2015

Luz

(link)
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«Snow crunched beneath his feet, but the doe made no noise as she passed through the trees, for she was nothing but light.»
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J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007).

quarta-feira, 7 de janeiro de 2015

Janeiro

Esaias van de Velde, A Winter Landscape (1623, National Gallery, Londres)
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«Não convinha bolir em nada, (clamava o Silverio) antes das colheitas e da vindima! E depois, (acrescentava o Melchior com um sorriso de grande promessa) «para boas obras mez de Janeiro» porque lá ensina o dictado:
Em Janeiro ― mette obreiro
Mez meante ― que não ante.»
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Eça de Queirós, A Cidade e as Serras (link para pdf)

terça-feira, 6 de janeiro de 2015

Dia 12: «Twelve drummers drumming» ... e Feliz Dia de Reis!

Tambor (Séc. XX, Museu dos Biscainhos)
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On the twelfth day of Christmas, 
my true love sent to me 
Twelve drummers drumming, 
Eleven pipers piping, 
Ten lords a-leaping, 
Nine ladies dancing, 
Eight maids a-milking, 
Seven swans a-swimming, 
Six geese a-laying, 
Five golden rings, 
Four calling birds, 
Three French hens, 
Two turtle doves, 
And a partridge in a pear tree!
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(link)
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Gillis Coignet, Pierson La Hues (1581, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp)
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Gerrit Dou, Officer of the Marksman Society in Leiden (c. 1630, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapeste)
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Louis de Silvestre, Portrait of Prince Francis Xavier of Saxony (c. 1730)
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Retrato do Infante D. Pedro Carlos (Séc. XVIII, Palácio Nacional de Queluz)
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Fábrica de Massarelos - Porto, Caneca (1763-1830, Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis)
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Martin Drolling, Portrait of the Artist's Son as a Drummer (Séc. XVIII)
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William Morris Hunt, The Drummer Boy (c. 1862, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
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Thomas Couture, The Young Drummer (1857)
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Isaac Israëls, Drummer Girl (c. 1890-1910, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)
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Nikiphoros Lytras, Carols (1872)
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Norman Rockwell, A Drum for Tommy