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summer haiku d’été – after the thunderstorm = après l’orage

after the thunderstorm
leaden clouds scud
past the last meadow

summer after the storm his last painting 620

après l’orage
des nuages de plomb traversent
le dernier pré

Richard Vallance

winter haiku d’hiver = Tom Thomson


winter haiku d’hiver = Tom Thomson

Tom Thomson,
the northern lights alight
on his palette

Northern Lights Tom Thomson 620

Tom Thomson,
l’aurore boréale, l’éclair
sur sa palette 

Richard Vallance

Tom Thomson (1866-1917), who perished when his canoe sank in the summer of 1917, was perhaps the iconic painter of the illustrious Canadian Group of Seven painters.

Tom Thomson ( 1866-1917 ), qui a péri quand son canot a sombré l’eté de 1917, était, paraît-il, le peintre iconique du Groupe des septs, des peintres illustres canadiens.


Progress on the restoration of the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena
Nikei and the Propylaia: Part A, what the Parthenon, Temple of
Athena Nikei and the Propylaia looked like BEFORE restoration:

The restoration of  Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nikei and the
Propylaia is making fantastic progress as of 2018. To put it all in
context, I am posting here the deplorable condition of these 3
landmarks in the 15th., 17th. and 19th., centuries, before restoration.
Here you see two views of of the Ottoman Acropolis in 1456. It is still
in magnificent condition. Notice that the Ottomans did not desecrate
the beautiful frieze of the parthenon, much to their credit as an
advanced civilization.

Ottoman parthenon 1456

What a terrible shame while it was being used as a gunpowder
magazine, that it was hit by artillery shot and damaged severely and
blown to bits by the Venetians in 1687 as seen here. The buildings of
the Acropolis suffered significant damage during the 1687 siege by the
Venetians in the Morean War, fought between the Republic of Venice
and the Ottoman Empire between 1684 and 1699. Here you see a
black and white rendition of that terrible destruction:

Venetian_siege_of_Acropolis

Here you can see for yourself a composite of the deplorable condition
the Parthenon and the Propylaia in the nineteenth century.

acropolis and propylaia nineteenth century

Also illustrated here is the stunning dealized reconstruction painting
of the Acropolis and Areios Pagos in Athens, by Leo von Klenze, 1846. 

Acropolis_by_Leo_von_Klenze



Photos of our vacation in Europe: Prague – the loveliest city in Europe! A

These photos speak for themselves. Prague was Mozart's favourite city. No Wonder!

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Wait until you see the photos of Prague in the next two posts!

Richard


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