Portrait of Revolutionary War veteran Baltus Stone in 1846. He was born in 1747 and was photographed here at around the age of 99.
Here is something very special. It is an opened envelop that I fished out of a box of medieval archival remainders in the archives of the Dutch city of Maastricht. I was looking for unknown fragments of medieval manuscripts, while wading through piles of old binding materials like the stack shown in the lower image. The envelop appears to have been ripped open and in that state it remains. It is post-medieval and dates from the 19th century.
It is special for its original contents. Casual handwriting states what that was: a medal (“Médaille de Ste Hélène”) offered to one Gerard Timmermans, previously a soldier (“ancien. militaire”) in the army of “L’Empereur Napoléon I” - emperor Napoleon. The St Helene medal was offered by the later Napoleon III to soldiers who had participated in the campaigns of Napoleon Bonaparte, veterans that were addressed as “Remnants of the Great Army”.
The envelop is really not supposed to exist anymore: it is a miracle that it was not thrown out. I like to think it was received with a shout of surprise, opened up and put aside, while the medal was fixed to the recipients coat. How great that that moment of joy is captured by an old envelop placed in a box of archival material, waiting for discovery.
how to explain pictures to a dead hare, joseph beuys (1965).
at the beginning of the performance, Beuys locked the gallery doors from the inside, leaving the gallery-goers outside. they could observe the scene within only through the windows. with his head entirely coated in honey and gold leaf, he began to explain the pictures in the gallery to a dead hare. whispering to the dead animal on his arm in an apparent dialog, he processed through the exhibit from artwork to artwork. occasionally he would stop and return to the center of the gallery, where he stepped over a dead fir tree that lay on the floor. after three hours the public was let into the room. Beuys sat upon a stool in the entrance area with the hare on his arm and his back to the onlookers.
Edvard Munch, Man and Woman, 1898
Study for Polytope de Montréal (light score), c. 1966
Birth of Venus - William Bouguereau, 1879
Black-robed, gold-faced muses symbolizing Drama, Tragedy and Comedy on the facade of the National Drama Theatre in Vilnius, Lithuania
matisse “white mask on a dark background” 1949/50
Zsuzsi Roboz (1939‑2012)
Lithograph on paper