How did you get there?

27 03 2016

Today I was watching an art documentary … you know, as I like to do.

During said passive education I was presented with a painting, a collaboration no less, between Jan Brueghel the Elder and Peter Paul Rubens : specifically, ‘Hearing‘ (1617-18) in their ‘The Five Senses‘ series.

Hearing ; from Prado Museum in Madrid ; click on image for original source

Hearing ; from Prado Museum in Madrid ; click on image for original source

Look a bit closer at this little birdie …

cropped from above image

cropped from above image

Unless I’m very much mistaken, and I absorbed nothing from my Grandma’s copy of ‘Complete Book of Australian Birds‘, that is a sulfur-crested cockatoo. This raucous little feathered fellow is native to Australia and New Guinea.

So … this was painted in 1617-18.

Mmm … time for me to check my history.

The Dutch apparently were visiting Australia’s coast line (north-west) from 1606 – though most of these visits seem to have been accidents of incorrect navigation and quite a proportion perished.

It seems more likely that perhaps the bird was brought back instead from New Guinea – considering the Portuguese and Spanish were gadding about there from the mid 1500s.

Or perhaps they were traded by Indonesians in touch with New Guinea, who in turn were trading with the Dutch and others.

Oh. I was hoping for a strange story.
This isn’t strange but actually quite reasonable.
Best you go about your day.





Multiple spam award

30 11 2012

Oh how I have been blessed with spam lately … such a lucky girl!

screen shot 30Nov12

screen shot 30Nov12

I am ever so glad I ‘nailed it’, and I like the insightful spam on my calendar posts … ooh, thanks.





Again?

19 10 2012

Oh right, so Victoria’s Secret do this every year. For sure.

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Apparently US$2.5m of “over 5200 precious gems, including amethysts, sapphires, rubies, white, pink and yellow diamonds, all set in 18 karat rose and yellow gold” with “two removable diamond flower pins and the drop centerpiece has a 12.5 carat and 20 carat white diamond“. [news story]

Such a good use of materials and resources … yup … totes …





What the?

27 09 2012

Did I miss the memo?
This week seems to be ‘do silly expensive things with black diamonds’ week.

First, nail polish ‘with black diamonds’: see news story

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Second, a dress with over 100 carats of black diamonds: see news story

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Really?