"Stop brainstorming and go for a walk."
"This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun, and animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence towards the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men; go freely with the powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and mothers, of families: read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life: re-examine all you have been told at school or church, or in any books, and dismiss whatever insults your soul."
- Dated: circa 1475-1500
- Culture: Italian
- Medium: partially etched and gilded steel, copper alloy [blade]; iron, wood, velvet, cord [hilt]
- Measurements: overall length: 46 3/4 inches (118.7 cm). Pommel: 3 1/4 × 1 1/8 × 3 3/4 inches (8.3 × 2.9 × 9.5 cm). Width (Quillons): 11 15/16 inches (30.4 cm). Depth (Quillon Block): 3/4 inches (1.9 cm). Blade: 2 11/16 × 37 1/16 inches (6.8 × 94.2 cm)
This is one of the finest knightly swords surviving from the late fifteenth century. Particularly outstanding are the mighty forms and harmonious proportions of its pommel and blade, the embellishment of the latter with delicate etched and gilt ornaments, and the overall condition of the entire sword, which retains its original velvet-covered grip.
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The very act of creation is a rebellion. It is a direct strike agains status quo and expectation. To create is to produce conflict in a certain space. It is to place a presence and an event that precipates a feeling of infinity into a local environment, and the object must be contended with regardless of the mental or emotional equipment of the participants. This is why we praise the creator of new content, such as Terrence Malick, and are indifferent towards the regurgitator of previous creation, a la Michael Bay.
Just draw the damn hands. Stop ending them at stumps at the wrist. Stop hiding them behind someone’s back. Draw them. Yeah, you’re probably bad at them, guess what? Everyone is. And you’re not going to get better by not drawing them.
So draw the damn hands.
- Dated: 12th century
- Culture: European
- Measurements: overall length 102 cm
The sword has a straight, double-edged blade, the edges almost parallel for half of the length, then slightly converging, with a fuller on almost the entire length, and partially at the tang of rectangular section and slightly narrowing toward the edge.
The straight quillons are of square section, while the circular pommel relieved at the centre. The sword is of Typology XI-a (see “The Sword in the Age of Chivalry”, by R. Ewart Oakeshott, Lutterworth Press, London, 1964. Typology XI: description in pages 31-37, similar pieces on plate 4).
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