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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I'm sorry I sure thought that I had posted this for Halloween. i hope you enjoy it just the same.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Leda Atomica

Leda Atomica, Salvador Dali circa 1949


The oil on canvas painting by Salvador Dali, Leda Atomica was done in 1949. Leda Atomica is Dali's way of interpreting the Annunciation. Leda plays a mortal woman visited by a metamorphosis god  in order that she might  bear his child, acts, thereafter, a conduit through which her son's mortal counterparts may regain access to the god that gave them birth. "A figure of intercession , an agent of mediation between rational man and state beyond the rational, she is both the child-woman and woman with child" because she is a virgin, based on the Christian-Catholic divinity belief. Gala, in a sense is a god's muse, and is close to those incarnations of the surrealist muse "Gala is being the supreme example" according to Dali, who owe their pictorial and literary identity to the activity of their men. The muse is the object of "desire, of love and G_d is, famously, love itself", according to Dali's philosophy. Dali's transformation of Mary is the result of love as if he created his love of Gala, like G_d to Mary.

 Courtesy of World ClassicGallery

 Okay, now for a maybe,not quiet so analytical (hopefully) summary :

 Leda Atomica depicts the Spartan queen Leda, with a swan. Leda is the frontal portrait of Salvador Dali's wife, Gala, who is seated on a pedestal  with a swan suspended behind and to the left of her. Different objects such as a set square, a book, two stepping stools and an egg float around the main figure. In the background on both sides of Cap Norfeu ( cape on the south-eastern end of the Catalonia region of Spain) .

 Leda Atomica is housed at the Dali Theatre and Museum in Figueres, Dali's birthplace.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren was born on September 20,1934 in Rome, Italy at the Clinica Regina Margherita.

At the age of 14 she entered a beauty contest, though she did not win she was one of the finalist.where she met Carlo Ponti.

 Sophia Loren's first English speaking role was in the 1957 movie "The Boy on the Dolphin"

 She won an Oscar in 1961 for the movie "Two Women". First major Academy Award for a non-English- language performance and to an  Italian actress.

 In 1963 she made Vittorio De Sica's movie "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow". This movie co-starred Marcello Mastroianni. And contains her iconicly famous stripping (?) act.


 For more information on Sophia Loren go to my other blog Misha's Blue for a more in depth post and photos.