This may be one of my favorite photographs of all time:
Nine Kings at Buckingham Palace – Iconic Photos
It pictures the nine European Kings gathered together for the funeral in 1910 of England’s King Edward VII.
What I love about it is the illusion of power and permanence it holds. All nine men were soon to shaken by the changes brought on by the upcoming war. All nine would fall from the height they stood on in this photo.
If you go to the link in Iconic Photos, you can get a who’s who of the Kings as well as what happened to them.
More on it here including some wonderful detail, such as the seating list for dinner. Of those gathered around the table, everyone was royalty save the heads of state of the USA and France.
The David Zwirner gallery has an exhibit on the late works of Paul Klee, here.
A good analysis of Klee and his work then can be read here.
His work is darker in this time period, as befitting of what was going on. Still beautiful and still uniquely Klee, though.
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The photographs of European libraries at this link really are stunning! I’d love to take a tour of Europe that went to each one of them.
Lovers of libraries and books will want to check out Fubiz for more images. The above image is just one of many great photos.
Why? Because October can be one of the best times to go to Europe. Perfect weather, no crowds, great festivals…and cheaper. Don’t believe me? See this piece, which makes a strong case to pack your bags this very minute and head on out: The Best Time to Go to Europe | Kitchn
If you go, send me a postcard.
Good news: Merkel won by moving to the center.
Bad news: AfD, a far right party, has surged and won seats.
This could either be a blip and AfD could fade after this election.
Or it could be the start of big and bad changes for Germany, Europe and the world.
For more on this, see this good piece: Angela Merkel wins 4th term as chancellor of Germany in Vox
My Modern Met has some fantastic images of the Klementinum library for anyone (like myself) that gets excited about such things. Here’s a sample:
If you haven’t heard of it, here’s what that site has to say about this fantastic place:
Prague’s Klementinum library was opened in 1722 and has easily become one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Aside from housing over 20,000 novels for your reading pleasure, this location showcases absolutely stunning Baroque architecture. As you’re perusing various timeworn bookshelves, you can take a moment to look up and see Jan Hiebl’s heavenly, Renaissance-style ceiling paintings. Amongst his work, there are symbolic designs that represent the importance of education, along with fantastic portraits of Jesuit saints. Hiebl’s paintings actually pay homage to the fact that the library was originally a Jesuit university. Many of the school’s rare, 17th-century books are still amongst its collection today. That would explain why Emperor Joseph II’s portrait is displayed at the head of the hall, since he was the one who arranged for abolished monastic libraries to send their books to Klementinum.