The Vieuxtemps Guarneri is a violin that is older than the United States of America — 273 years old, to be exact. It recently became the most expensive violin in the world, selling for an estimated $16 million. Its new owner anonymously donated the historic instrument to violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, on loan for the rest of her life.
Meyers joined Morning Edition guest host Linda Wertheimer in NPR’s studios to demonstrate the historic instrument’s unique character and the extraordinary gamut of color it is able to produce.
“I had to try it, and instantly fell in love,” Meyers says. “It was an incredible chemistry that occurred.”
The violin is named for its most famous owner, the leading 19th-century Belgian virtuoso and composer Henri Vieuxtemps, who loved it so much he wanted to be buried with it. “I think every violin has its own soul, and the soul has been imprinted by a previous performer,” Meyers says. “So I definitely feel the soul of Vieuxtemps on this violin.”
I recently met Jim at his new shop, still moving in. This man makes guitars and jewelry from raw materials. He also restores cars on the backside of the place. Engineers some of his own tooling. To my good fortune he agreed to headline a jewelry making seminar I run.
The following photographs are all by Jim or someone he hired. He lent them to me for promotional purposes and I just had to share this guy with LGF. I saw the big ring myself during our interview. The stone is a 12+ carat natural Alexandrite. That’s an extremely valuable stone. For that reason the ring is set in a frame that then screws together. No jeweler wants to put direct pressure on a stone like that. One of the shots details how the back of the ring is constructed.
All shot with a Canon 7D, and the Canon 60mm EFS. F2.6 and a little fill flash. Manfrotto tripod.
Will the biting, acerbic author and television critic regret this later? Wait for the explosion…
One of the most influential and beloved short stories penned by the great Harlan Ellison is coming to the
smallbig screen, via Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. But can televisionStraczynski do it justice?
The beautiful and complex story, “‘Repent Harlequin!’ Said The Ticktockman” is set in a dystopian future where time is a highly regulated. Being late is a serious crime. If you abuse your time the Ticktockman will find you, “turn you off,” and you die. The short story itself starts in the middle and leaps from the beginning and end throughout the plot. It’s really a wonderful bit of work that has been widely praised as an astounding work of science fiction. And now, Straczynski has acquired the rights to this story from Ellison.
Harlan Ellison’s Television criticism at Amazon:
A security guard told police officers that Mr Caminero picked up a coloured vase that was part of a floor installation, and when told to put it down, smashed it on the floor, according to a police affidavit.
The Florida artist said he would hold a news conference on Tuesday to explain the act. He told the Miami New Times that he did indeed destroy the vase in protest.
“I did it for all the local artists in Miami that have never been shown in museums here,” he told the newspaper. “They have spent so many millions now on international artists.”
These are bonus shots, the rest are at my blog at the link.
A Hazy Day In The San Gabriel Mountains
Just to get out and practice with the newer lenses and keep our skills sharp we headed up into the San Gabriel Mountains. First up by Baldy Village and Glendora Ridge Road then out and up the 39 to Burro Canyon.
Wow, I had no idea that these dedicated people existed as an organized group. Looks like I’ve found yet another new book to add to my Amazon wish list.
Without the work of these curators and professors, tens of thousands of priceless works of art would have been lost to the world forever
Captain Robert Posey and Pfc. Lincoln Kirstein were the first through the small gap in the rubble blocking the ancient salt mine at Altausee, high in the Austrian Alps in 1945 as World War II drew to a close in May 1945. They walked past one sidechamber in the cool damp air and entered a second one, the flames of their lamps guiding the way.
There, resting on empty cardboard boxes a foot off the ground, were eight panels of The Adoration of the Lamb by Jan van Eyck, considered one of the masterpieces of 15th-century European art. In one panel of the altarpiece, the Virgin Mary, wearing a crown of flowers, sits reading a book.
“The miraculous jewels of the Crowned Virgin seemed to attract the light from our flickering acetylene lamps,” Kirstein wrote later. “Calm and beautiful, the altarpiece was, quite simply, there.”
Kirstein and Posey were two members of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section of the Allies, a small corps of mostly middle-aged men and a few women who interrupted careers as historians, architects, museum curators and professors to mitigate combat damage. They found and recovered countless artworks stolen by the Nazis. […]
RFR had also claimed that the wall behind the painting was structurally unsound and required emergency repairs, according to the lawsuit. But again, the conservancy says another engineering firm found little to no movement in the panels.
While repairs could be performed without damaging the art, according to the conservancy, removing the painting would almost certainly damage it. One of its conservators inspected the tapestry and determined that moving it posed a “significant risk of stress and damage to the paint layer,” and “may cause the fabric support to crack or break,” the lawsuit states.
The building owners’ stated reason for removing the painting — for emergency repair work — “is false and fully refuted” by the opinions of experts and engineers, the conservancy claims.
It blames the decision on non-party Aby Rosen, RFR’s CEO and chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts.
“Mr. Rosen has previously referred to the Picasso Curtain as a schmatte, the Yiddish word for rag,” the conservancy claims. “The sole basis for RFR and Mr. Rosen’s insistence that the Picasso Curtain be removed is Mr. Rosen’s own admitted dislike of the Picasso Curtain.”
Rosen “fully intends to go ahead as planned with the removal,” according to the lawsuit, and has hired a moving company to take down the curtain at 3 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9. The conservancy estimates that proper removal would take seven to 10 days.
Rosen allegedly intends to replace “Le Tricorne” with other unspecified artwork.
Picasso painted “Le Tricorne” in 1919 for a production of the Ballets Russes.
More: Courthouse News Service
Lockheed SST mockup unveiled
Posted By: Scott Harrison
Posted On: 12:19 a.m. | February 7, 2014
June 27, 1966: Three technicians walk on the left delta wing of a full-scale mockup of Lockheed supersonic transport that stretches 273 feet from nose to tail.
Aviation writer Marvin Miles reported in the next morning’s Los Angeles Times:
Lockheed’s supersonic transport was dramatically displayed Monday in a full-scale mockup of the sleek 1,800-mph airliner the company hopes will win government approval in a tense competition with a Boeing design.
Constructed as an engineering aid for design refinements, the gleaming, white-painted model stretches 273 feet from nose to tail and details cockpit and cabin interiors, a double-delta wing and full-size landing gear — mostly in wood.
Called the Lockheed 2000, the plane is designed to carry up to 266 passengers in five-abreast seats wider than those used in intercontinental jets and streak from Los Angeles to New York — or Honolulu - in little more than two hours.