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Quotation: Alexandre Dumas on life enjoyment


We must have felt what it is to die … that we may appreciate the enjoyments of living.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) Discuss

 

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Today’s Birthday: ANNE OF AUSTRIA, QUEEN OF FRANCE (1601)


Anne of Austria, Queen of France (1601)

Neglected by her husband, French King Louis XIII, Anne of Austria stirred up controversy with flirtatious indiscretions. After her seemingly treasonous correspondence with Spain, her husband’s principal minister, Cardinal Richelieu, attempted to limit her influence. When Louis died, Anne was declared sole regent of their son, Louis XIV—contrary to her husband’s wishes—and strove to ensure his absolute power. What did she do that was hailed at the time as “a marvel when it was least expected”?More… Discuss

 

PRIEST This Day in the Yesteryear: URBAIN GRANDIER BURNED AT THE STAKE FOR WITCHCRAFT (1634)


Priest Urbain Grandier Burned at the Stake for Witchcraft (1634)

Grandier was a 17th-century French Catholic priest who was accused of bewitching the nuns of the Ursuline convent. Although he was acquitted by an ecclesiastical council, Grandier had published scathing criticisms of Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister and virtual ruler of France, who arranged to have him re-tried. Accused of having entered a pact with the devil, Grandier was tortured, found guilty, and burned at the stake. What was presented as evidence of the Grandier’s diabolical pact?More… Discuss

 

Nymphes – Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) (GoogleArtProject – Château de Chantilly)


Nicolas Poussin (pronounced: [ni.kɔ.lɑ pu.sɛ̃]; 15 June 1594 – 19 November 1665) was a French painter in the classical style. His work predominantly features clarity, logic, and order, and favors line over color. His work serves as an alternative to the dominant Baroque style of the 17th century. Until the 20th century he remained the major inspiration for such classically oriented artists as Jacques-Louis DavidJean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Paul Cézanne.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Poussin)

He spent most of his working life in Rome, except for a short period when Cardinal Richelieu ordered him back to France to serve as First Painter to the King.

For more Nicolas Poussin’s paintings go to: http://www.googleartproject.com/artist/nicolas-poussin/4127067/