Thursday, January 8, 2009

Ithaca - Penelope

In the pathway of the sun,
In the footsteps of the breeze,
Where the world and sky are one,
He shall ride the silver seas,
He shall cut the glittering wave.
I shall sit at home, and rock;
Rise, to heed a neighbor's knock;
Brew my tea, and snip my thread;
Bleach the linen for my bed.
They will call him brave.

Dorothy Parker

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema,
(January 8, 1836, Dronrijp, the Netherlands.- June 25, 1912 Wiesbaden, Germany)
was one of the most renowned painters of late nineteenth-century Britain.

Born in Dronrijp, the Netherlands, and trained
at the Academy of Antwerp, Belgium, he settled in England
in 1870 and spent the rest of his life there.
A classical-subject painter, he became famous for
his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the
Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in
fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean sea and sky.

"Ποταμοῖς τοῖς αὐτοῖς ἐμβαίνομέν τε καὶ οὐκ ἐμβαίνομεν, εἶμέν τε καὶ οὐκ εἶμεν."

"We both step and do not step in the same rivers. We are and are not."
Heraclitus the Riddler

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