Stilleven met bloemen, vruchten, een koolmees en een muis, Herman Henstenburgh, ca. 1700 - ca. 1710
Willem van Leen - Bouquet of flowers with a butterfly / Singer Sargent - Lady Agnew / Maria Geertruida Barbiers-Snabilié - Branch of purple Syringa vulgaris.
“Lord Byron gets up at two. I get up, quite contrary to my usual custom … at 12. After breakfast we sit talking till six. From six to eight we gallop through the pine forest which divide Ravenna from the sea; we then come home and dine, and sit up gossiping till six in the morning. I don’t suppose this will kill me in a week or fortnight, but I shall not try it longer. Lord B.’s establishment consists, besides servants, of ten horses, eight enormous dogs, three monkeys, five cats, an eagle, a crow, and a falcon; and all these, except the horses, walk about the house, which every now and then resounds with their unarbitrated quarrels, as if they were the masters of it… . [P.S.] I find that my enumeration of the animals in this Circean Palace was defective … . I have just met on the grand staircase five peacocks, two guinea hens, and an Egyptian crane. I wonder who all these animals were before they were changed into these shapes.”
— Percy Bysshe Shelley on the lifestyle of Lord Byron (via timemarauder )
“the gods of small things become the god of all things in the dark”
— Camonghne Felix, from “Statement from Camonghne Felix on the Murders of Jesse Washington, Stephon Clark and her Attempt to Understand the Psychology of Lynchings:” published in Winter Tangerine’s Lineage of Mirrors