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Moonshine

Moonshine

  The location for this picture is a nymphaeum, the so called Diana's Bath in a cliff beneath the Pope's summer palace at Castel Gandolfo on the shores of Lake Albano near Rome. The ravages of time and the depredations of robbers as well as legitimate excavators have left it a dripping,...

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Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

  When Valeria Saporetti awoke the morning of 12 March 2013  from troubled dreams she found herself transformed......."What has happened to me?" she thought. It was no dream.* Most maritime nations from the Picts to the Chinese have mythologised the  tiny sea creature, the seahorse....

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Medusa

Medusa

  " Nature, red in tooth and claw", these lines by Tennyson describe man's primeval fear of nature. The jellyfish has neither tooth nor claw, it is not even a fish, but it is a pretty terrifying beast all the same: all are painful stingers, many are deadly.  Alluding to the creatures'...

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Rare Ribs

Rare Ribs

  There is an exhibition at the British Museum,  Ice Age Art,  Arrival of the Modern Mind. The exhibits, mostly sculpture from the very dawn of art 40,000 years ago fall mainly into two groups:  realistic animals, and female figures. The former would appear to have been closely observed...

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Nymphaea

Nymphaea

  The Sacred Blue lily of the Nile is a plant of extraordinary beauty, with an exquisitely perfumed flower of brief duration and mild narcotic, even aphrodisiacal properties, so it is not hard to see why Nymphaea Caerulea, was sacred to the god Nefertem. The flower slowly rises to the...

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Flying Down to Rio

Flying Down to Rio

  Vargas or 'Varga' was the most famous pin-up artist of all time. I came across him in the 60s when I found piles of Esquire magazines in my uncle's library dating back to the war years. The Varga gatefold was to my teenage eyes the only memorable part of the magazine. Esquire magazine...

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Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

  A remarkable feature of Italy is the amount of  history simply abandoned to nature. A walk in the woods can lead to a ruined church with peeling frescoes, even entire towns abandoned and overgrown or as here a Renaissance sculpture park outside Pitigliano constructed by the once powerful...

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