Downstairs, the heavy door opens.
touch me like a physical force.
The air is tangy
with strains of music
as I lift my arms slowly.
There is no need for more.
I am fatted on the rind
of shadows, harvested light
and what light enables.
I allow myhself to be led to the table.
French, 1808 - 1879Les Baigneurs, before June 1839Lithograph, 8.25 x 10.75Bell Gallery
Fernando Botero, Mort de Pablo Escobar (Death of Pablo Escobar), 1999.
CRANACH, Lucas the Elder
Beech panel, 52 x 37 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
James Boswell had more hobbies than just following around Samuel Johnson; he was also “an inveterate execution goer in an age when such activity was considered prurient for a gentleman … Boswell diligently noted the names and crimes of the condemned: robbery, theft, escaping a prison hulk, forgery and murder. He describes a brother and sister convicted of burglary who met their deaths holding hands, only to be separated when they were cut down from the gallows.” He attended at least twenty-one executions, though they gave him nightmares and depressed him. The best hobbies (e.g., writing) often do.
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Lukas Cranach the Elder, q, 1531, Koblenz, Schloss Stolzenfels
William Hogarth, Beer Street (Original engraved 1751); this is a scan of a Samuel Davenport reprint made between 1806-09.