Fifth Avenue at Twilight

5th Ave at twilight

“Fifth Avenue at Twilight” by Birge Harrison, circa 1900-1912.


The Boy’s King Arthur, Part II

Back cover of Boy's King Arthur

Another illustration from The Boy’s King Arthur, being Sir Thomas Malory’s History of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (1922).

Edited by Sidney Lanier and illustrated by N. C. Wyeth.

This one comes from the back cover (I think).

A reminder that you can view this painting in the canvas at Brandywine River Museum’s N.C. Wyeth Catalogue Raisonné here.

You may not go, but at least you can think about it.

The Boy’s King Arthur, Part I

Front page

The Boy’s King Arthur, being Sir Thomas Malory’s History of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (1922).

Edited by Sidney Lanier and illustrated by N. C. Wyeth.

I remember seeing this book when I was younger; I can’t remember if I read it.

But the illustrations stuck out to me – so much so that I recognized them right away when I found them clicking through the internet the other day.

The picture above is from the title page, you can see much more of Mr. Wyeth’s work here.

Or see them for yourself at the Brandywine River Museum’s N.C. Wyeth Catalogue Raisonné here – which is amazing to me. I saw these paintings as a kid, but I could visit the originals now? Pretty fantastic!

Café Zimmermann


Above is an engraving by Johann Georg Schreiber (circa 1732) of the “Zimmermannsche Kaffeehaus” or “Café Zimmermann”, a coffeehouse based in Leipzig, Germany.

Please check out the Wikipedia articles for more goodness (with references), but I thought this stuff was wild:

  • Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a cantata entitled Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Be still, stop chattering), BWV 211
  • This secular cantata came to be known as the Coffee Cantata, as the story involves a father trying to get his daughter to stop drinking the stuff by offering to find her a husband
  • Café Zimmermann formed the backdrop to the first performances of many of Bach’s secular cantatas, including the Coffee Cantata
  • The former coffeehouse was destroyed during can air raid on Leipzig in 1943
  • Café Zimmermann is a French classical music ensemble that takes its name from said coffeehouse

Coffee is good. Music is good. History is good.

Grab a good cup o’ Joe and think on these things.

Halo 5 / Halo Xbox One – 1st concept art

I’m sure many of you have already seen it, but why not take another look – here is the first official piece of concept art for Halo 5/Halo Xbox One as done by their newly promoted Senior Art Director, Nicolas “Sparth” Bouvier:

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The original posting of this piece was on Waypoint, and Josh Holmes described it as, “an early exploration of a new location that features prominently in a little game project we’re tinkering with….”

Where is it? Have we been there before? A rebuilt world after the war?

The setting looks very Skyline to me; I’m not saying that’s where it’s at, just that it looks similar to that map located on the colony world of Cascade.

And what’s the curved structure towards the bottom-right that looks a little Covenant-ish? A jointly governed world perhaps, or at least a station where both sides have a presence?

Crazy to think about what’s to come … !


>>>>>>>[Post tenebras lux]