From A Little Window I See- The Night Watch

I love Flash Mobs- some are better then others but for the most part they’re just great no matter what the skill level is. 

One of my friends brought this clip to my attention and I just fell in love with it!

I’ve included some interesting facts about the Night Watch, a copy of the painting itself and below is a clip showing how the Flash Mob was choreographed. 

I hope you enjoy this post- it’s a fun one to noodle around in!

“The Night Watch” Rembrandt van Rijn

Note: I n 1715, upon its removal from the Kloveniersdoelen to the Amsterdam Town Hall, the painting was trimmed on all four sides. This was done, presumably, to fit the painting between two columns and was an all-too-common practice before the 19th century. This alteration resulted in the loss of two characters on the left side of the painting, the top of the arch, the balustrade, and the edge of the step. This balustrade and step were key visual tools used by Rembrandt to give the painting a forward motion.

Interesting Facts about The Night  Watch:

The Night Watch is not happening at night.

That little blonde girl isn’t military—she’s a mascot.  Her presence proves to be indeed very important to the entire composition. Attached to her dress we can see a dead chicken with its claws raised to the sky, a bag of gunpowder and firearms – all symbols of the guild. Rembrandt thought of her as an imaginary mascot of the civic militia.

Photobombing  before photobombing was thing: In the middle of the painting, behind a man in green and a guard with a metal helm, you can just about spot a man. Only his eye and a beret are visible, but this guy is believed to be Rembrandt himself. After all, it was not unusual for him to smuggle his self-portrait into his other famous works here and there.

I Still Wonder

RDP Monday: COLOSSAL

From the Colossus of Rhodes  to the statue of Zeus at Olympia, of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient world only one remains…

The Colossus Solis Artist: Philip Galle Date: 16th–17th century

Olympian Zeus in the sculptured antique art of Quatremère de Quincy (1815).

The Great Pyramid of Giza is all that is left of the Ancient Wonders.

Great Pyramid of Giza -The Last Remaining Wonder of the Ancient World

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I memorized the Seven Wonders and read every story I could find about them. I even wrote my own stories and vowed that one day I would visit the places where they once stood.

Well. You know. Maybe I will one day.

Ad Deir (“The Monastery”)- Petra

I’ve chosen pictures that I’ve liked from the New Wonders, not necessarily the image of the sites voted on- and I’ll explain why-

From what I understand there are now 7 new sights that have been declared The New Seven Wonders and though I don’t disagree that these new wonders are magnificent in their own right, I can’t help to feel that-

because

they’ve been logged, recorded, and their images have been used in political photo-ops, travel commercials and backdrops in countless movies

there isn’t a lot of room for ‘wonder’ to take place- which I guess is a little sad to me.

Chichen Itza -The Jaguar Throne inside the Temple of Kukulcán (“El Castillo”) pyramid is red and inlaid with jade

On the other hand, the two New Wonders that I’ve pictured above do have a little magic and maybe- if I’m lucky I’ll hear a story or two coming from their way.

After all, a million people voted  on these sights and made them our new Wonders and a million people can’t be wrong, can they?

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NEW 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD

Chosen by over one hundred million votes- HERE

Mr Zipp

RDP Friday: Zippy

Gertrude Abercrombie

 

He followed me home

one night long ago

I think it was late at night- around midnight or so

 

He wore a hat

he walked with a cane

I really hoped, he wouldn’t hear him say his name.

 

I figure that one day

I’ll his voice

when I’m still and  cold and blue.

 

He’ll say ” imrziippppp”

and I’ll say:

” I’ve always wondered what it feels like to be inside of a body bag.

Now I guess I know.”