Kunstvaria: gebedsnoot

Die gebedsnoot laat me maar niet los.
Het is zo’n bijzonder kunstwerk.
Nog geen 5 centimeter in diameter maar in beide helften
prachtig houtsnijwerk: een kerstscene en Driekoningen.
Hieronder uitvergroot:


Gebedsnoot: kerststal.


Driekoningen.


 

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Bredase markt en oliebollen

Het gebeurt niet vaak dat ik de kans heb
om de markt in Breda te bezoeken.
Dan bedoel ik de vrijdagmarkt op de Grote Markt in Breda.
Vanochtend dus wel.
Er stonden niet zo veel kramen maar met dit vochtige weer
leverde dat een paar leuke plaatjes op.
En oliebollen en een appelbeignet.





Het was een beetje mistig en het water in de haven is nog bevroren. Hier de Grote Kerk vanaf de Nieuwe Prinsenkade.






De visboeren op de hoek Reigerstraat – Grote Markt.












De kerstboom op de achtergrond.






De Grote Markt vanuit de Veemarktstraat.






Drie oliebollen en een appelbeignet. De appelbeignet werd terwijl ik stond te wachten gebakken.






Het lijken wel gebakjes.




Kunstvaria

Een hele lijst vandaag met 19 werken.
Sommige wel heel, heel bijzonder.





Alex Katz.






Allereeste optreden van Batman in een comic, mei 1939.


Misschien een beetje vreemde eend (vogel, zoogdier) in de bijt.
De kaft van het eerste comic boekje waarin Batman optreedt.





Cornelis Dusart, Roker kijkend in een kruik.






Daniel Buren.


Het gebeurt niet vaak dat ik werken opneem met alleen de naam
van de kunstenaar. Vandaag twee maal.
Daniel Buren uit Belgie is de maker van dit werk bij De Haan.





Edvard Munch, Winter night, 1923, oil on canvas.


Dit beeld past precies bij het beeld wat ik zie als ik nu naar buiten kijk.





Four lidded ritual wine ewers (guang), early Anyang period to early Western Zhou period, 13th – early 10th century BCE, bronze.


Vier rituele wijnbekers met deksel.
Afkomstig uit China.





Gebedsnoot, zilver en buxushout, circa 1510 – 1520 (4.8 cm in diameter).


Dit fantastische voorwerp is onlangs gekocht door het Rijksmuseum.
Ik wist dat er zo iets als gebedsnoten bestonden.
Maar ze zijn erg zeldzaam.





Imperial cloisonne, enamel, double crane cencers, Yongzheng period, 1723 – 1735.


Nog een groep voorwerpen uit China.
En wat voor een stel!

Wikipedia

HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE PAIR OF IMPERIAL CLOISONNE ENAMEL DOUBLE CRANE CENSERS
YONGZHENG PERIOD (1723-1735)
Each group superbly modeled as a pair of large and smaller cranes standing on an elaborate champlevxc3xa9 and cloisonnxc3xa9 enamel rockwork-form base encircled by crested waves, standing on tall legs naturalistically detailed with cylindrical bands, the smaller crane with one leg slightly bent, their long necks gracefully curved as the smaller crane looks backward towards the taller crane which grasps a double-peach sprig in its long pointed beak, the bodies and feathers intricately and realistically rendered primarily in black and white enamels within gilt outline, the red crests and blue beaks, their wings forming a cover for the hollow body
57 in. (145 cm.) high

HARMONY, LONGEVITY AND FILIAL RESPECT
ROSEMARY SCOTT – INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC DIRECTOR, ASIAN ART
These magnificent cranes are a spectacular reflection of the auspicious beliefs attached to red capped cranes by the Chinese court. The Chinese word for crane is he, which is a homophone for the word for harmony, and thus cranes represent peace. Their long legs were described as resonating with the harmonies of nature and Heaven. Cranes are also known to live for many years and thus have become associated with long life, and indeed are often depicted as the familiars of the Star God of Longevity, Shoulao. As early as the 12th century, the Chinese Emperor Huizong (r. 1101-25) painted a flock of cranes, which were seen flying above the palace in AD 1112, in order to record such an auspicious event. In the 18th century court artists were frequently required to paint cranes by their imperial patrons.

A hanging scroll by an anonymous court artist, Empress Xu Serves Food, dating to the early Qianlong reign (1736-95), used to be hung in the Palace of Concentrated Purity during the New Year Festival. It was accompanied by a poem by the Qianlong Emperor, commending the Han dynasty Empress Xu for her filial conduct in personally served food to the Emperor’s mother and exhorting his empress and concubines to follow her example. In the foreground of the painting large red capped cranes are shown wandering about the steps of the palace, as wishes for longevity and also representing the harmony achieved by such filial behaviour. Indeed many 18th century informal court portraits include cranes somewhere in the landscape.

Many court paintings, however, focus solely on the depiction of cranes. Among those paintings preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, are Shen Quan’s (1682-1760) hanging scroll, Pine, Plum and Cranes, dated by inscription to AD 1759. While, reminiscent of Huizong’s 12th century work, Yu Xing’s (1692-after 1767) hanging scroll, Cranes against Sky and Waters, c.1747, bears an inscription by the Qianlong Emperor and twelve Qianlong seals. Even the famous Jesuit artist Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), known in China as Lang Shining, who served the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Emperors, painted a number of representations of cranes. Among these are the hanging scroll, Cranes and Flowers, which included two crane chicks, as well as the impressive Pines and Cranes. Castiglione often painted the cranes with flexed necks in a way copied by other court artists, and seen in the famous trompe l’oeil painting on the north wall of the theatre hall in the western part of Emperor Qianlong’s Juanqinzhai (Studio of Exhaustion from Diligent Service or Lodge of Retirement) in the Ningshougong (Palace of Tranquillity and Longevity). Interestingly, while the majority of extant crane censers have necks rising in a simple curve, the necks on some of the cranes in the current group from Fonthill are more complex in their stance, perhaps reflecting the influence of paintings of this type.

This pair of double crane censers is not only unusually large, and particularly detailed, but also appears to be unique in having two cranes in each group, rather than being a pair of single cranes. All the extant cloisonnxc3xa9 crane censers and candle holders published from the palace collections have only a single crane on each base. The current crane censers are comprised of a large crane with two peaches in its beak, and a smaller crane reverently looking up at it. The base is finely wrought in the form of rocks rising from the sea, and then each crane stands on a further rock – the taller crane’s rock being higher than that of the smaller crane. There is something in the composition of these crane groups that calls to mind the famous painting by Giuseppe Castiglione (Lang Shining) of the Yongzheng Emperor (1723-35) with Prince Hongli (the future Qianlong Emperor, r. 1736-95) known as Spring’s Peaceful Message. Here the young Prince is shown smaller than the Emperor, bowing slightly, and looking respectfully up at his father as the two men exchange a spray of prunus, while behind and to the side there are bamboo stems. In his later years the Qianlong Emperor’s admiration for this painting led him to identified himself as the younger man in an inscription which he wrote on the painting in 1782, when he was 71 years old, and to commission a trompe l’oeil painting of the same subject for one of his favourite private rooms, the Sanxitang (Study of the Thre
e Rarities).Parallels can be drawn between the cranes, these paintings and a design seen on a small number of imperial Yongzheng porcelains. A blue and white Yongzheng vase in the Beijing Palace Museum, for example, is decorated with two dragons amongst waves. The upper dragon has five claws, while the lower dragon, which looks up at him, has only three claws. The five-clawed dragon represents the emperor, while it is believed that the three-clawed dragon represents the crown prince, who is receiving instruction from his father. Like the posture of the smaller figure in the paintings and of the smaller cranes, the attitude of the smaller dragon suggests the respect of the young prince for his father, the emperor, and possibly anticipates the transfer of the mandate of heaven and the responsibility for the good of the empire that went with it.

It seems possible that the current crane censers may have been commissioned by the Prince Hongli (later the Qianlong Emperor), probably as a birthday gift for his father. As previously noted, the cranes themselves symbolise harmony, and represent a wish for longevity. The peaches held by the larger crane also symbolise longevity, and perhaps the implication is that these peaches have been presented by the smaller crane, representing the Crown Prince, to the larger crane, representing the Yongzheng Emperor, as a wish for the latter’s long life. It is also significant that, unusually, a beautifully depicted spray of bamboo has been incorporated into the bases of these cranes. Bamboo symbolises integrity, since the word for the joints of bamboo, jie, is the same as the word for integrity in Chinese. Integrity was a virtue that was particularly highly valued by the Yongzheng Emperor. This incorporation of bamboo also provides another link with the Castiglione painting.

It is additionally significant that the workmanship on these crane groups is extraordinarily fine, and exceptionally detailed. This greater detail, compared with Qianlong cloisonnxc3xa9 cranes preserved in the palaces, may be seen in the plumage on the body, particularly on the back and wings, where the feather are not only picked out by the gilded wires of the cloisons, but are also in low relief so that each feather appears to overlap the one in the row below. The greater detail is also obvious on the neck and head, and on the legs and feet. The majority of extant large cranes have legs and feet with incised detail and simple gilding. On the current crane censers, however the texture of legs and feet is meticulously rendered in cloisonnxc3xa9 enamel, with tiny, perfectly formed, cloisons. The only other cranes to have enamelled legs are a pair of candlesticks in the Shenyang Palace, which have green enamelled legs, but without enamel on the feet.

An attribution of the current crane censers to the late Yongzheng reign is based on historic, compositional and technical grounds, but cannot be proven through comparison with extant Yongzheng cranes. In 1962 Sir Harry Garner noted that: ‘… no pieces of cloisonne are known with reign marks of Yung-cheng (1723-35), but there can be no doubt that many pieces belonging to this reign are in existence, both in China and the West … almost certainly attributed to the Ch’ien-lung period’. Since the 1960s only one Yongzheng marked cloisonnxc3xa9 enamel appears to have been published. These are identical dou vessels with phoenix-head handles, now in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei. As one would expect of imperial Yongzheng wares, these two cloisonnxc3xa9 dou are exquisitely made with great refinement. Although the dou are decorated using only a single enamel colour – dark green – they are distinguished by the complexity and precision of the cloisons and the exceptional quality of the gilding on the handles and cloison edges. It is significant that the beaks of the current cranes are of the same distinctive green enamel as the pair of dou and even have cloisons of similar small scale, in an unusual, cloud-like form.

A number of crane figures can still be seen in the Palace Museum, Beijing. Perhaps the most famous are the two crane censers that stand on either side of the throne in the Taihedian (Hall of Supreme Harmony), the largest and most important building in the Forbidden City, popularly known as the Throne Hall. Large cloisonne cranes also stand on either side of the throne in the Qianqinggong (Palace of Heavenly Purity), which was another major throne room in the palace during the 18th century. Interestingly only one of the cranes is shown in Osvald Siren’s photograph of this palace, taken in the 1920s, but today one bird stands on either side of the throne, as they would have done in the 18th century. Large 18th century cloisonnxc3xa9 cranes are usually designed either as censers – as in the case of the current examples and those from the Taihedian – or to hold pricket candlesticks, often in the form of lingzhi fungus of immortality. The cranes in the Palace of Heavenly Purity fall into the latter category, as do the cranes which still stand on either side of the throne in the Forbidden City’s Changchungong (Palace of Eternal Spring).

The current pair of double crane censers is, in truth, more magnificent than any of those published as being in the current palace collections. The majority of those in Beijing and Shenyang date to the Qianlong reign, and the Chinese scholar Hu Desheng has noted that in the Qianlong reign imperial thrones were set in front of a screen, flanked by two beast-form censers, and slightly in front of these were a pair of ‘immortal’ crane-form censers, with a pair of cylindrical censers in front of those. The current censers, being significantly larger, were perhaps made before these imperial arrangements were so strictly formalised.







Julian Opie, On average present day humans are 1 inche shorter than 8000 years BC, 1991.






Giuseppe Vermiglio, Cristo davanti Pilato, oil on canvas, 1576 – 1622.


Bij deze afbeelding werd Giuseppe Vermiglio vermeld
als maker maar ook Leonello Spada.
Na wat onderzoek lijkt Giuseppe Vermiglio toch correct.
Overigens zijn beide volgelingen van Carravagio. En dat is te zien.





Malinaltepec Mask, Teotihuacan-style funerary object, circa 200 BC.






Mitsy Groenendijk, John, 2010.






Ornament, Human face, Longshan culture, 3000 – 200 voor Christus, jade (nephrite).






Roger Fenton, Pasha and Bayadxc3xa8re, 1858, foto.


Op de foto is Roger Fenton zelf Pasha.
Foto is gemaakt in een studio in London.





Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Mouvement de lignes en couleurs, 1940.






Tiziano Vecellio (Titiaan), Georgio Cornaro with a falcon, 1537, oil on canvas.






William Caxton, The Caxton Missal, 15th century, printed by Englandxe2x80x99s first printer.


Deze missaal is een drukwerk van de eerste drukker van Engeland: William Caxton.


William Caxton, The Caxton Missal, detail.






Wu Guanzhong, Livestock, 1957, oil on board.





Laatste zelfgemaakte brood van 2010

Mensen vragen regelmatig of ik nog wel eens brood bak.
Het antwoord is dan: “Ja, elke dinsdag”.
Omdat ik nu een meel heb gevonden dat ik erg lekker vind
is het brood eigenlijk iedere week hetzelfde.
Dat is prima maar om daar nu iedere week
een foto van op internet te zetten,
dat is een beetje te veel van het goede.
Maar vandaag is een goede gelegenheid:
het laatste zelfgemaakte brood van 2010.





Eerst het meel afwegen, 450 gram bloem.






Na de olijfolie 275 gram water. Daarop voorzichtig het meel gelegd en bovenop de droge gist.






Zie je de gist?






Een heerlijk resultaat.






De kneedarm bleef in het bakblik zitten maar dat doet niets af van de smaak.






Klaar om te eten.





Kunstvaria





Albrecht Dxc3xbcrer, Nemesis (The Great Fortune), circa 1502, engraving.






David Smith, Cubi XXIII, 1964, stainless steel.






Diane Jacobs, Fed up unlock, 2010, cast cotton paper pulp letterpress text and burnt keys on handmade abaca paper.






Felice Carena, La fuga in Egitto, 1940, oil on canvas.


Niet alle religieuze werken passen bij de tijd van het jaar.
Deze vlucht naar Egypte komt nog dicht bij de kerstdagen.
Maar eerst moet het nog Driekoningen worden.





Gerard Dou, An old bearded man, 1613 – 1675.






Henri-Edmond Cross, Les Baigneuses, 1899 – 1902.


Pointillisme, je ziet het niet vaak.





Jan III van Doorne, Heilige Familie (Holy Family), circa 1650, boxwood (buxus).


Onlangs aangekocht door het Rijksmuseum.





Leonardo Da Vinci, Study for the backgroumd of the Adoration of theMagi (Aanbidding door de wijzen), about 1481, metalpoint pen and brown ink.






Lucas Cranach, The three graces, 1531, oil on wood.


Dit zal wel niet door de censuur van Photobucket komen.
Dus dezelfde afbeelding nog maar eens maar dan via een andere provider.


Lucas Cranach, The three graces, 1531, oil on wood.






Nura Rupert, Pitjantjatjara people, Mamu (Spooky spirits), 2002, Ernabella, South Australia, circa 1933, synthetic polymer paint on linnen.






Pieter Brueghel the Younger, The procession to Calvary, 1602.






Rolf Iseli, Reise nach Xativa, 2003.






Stephen Farthing, The back story #2, oil on canvas.






Xavier Mascarxc3xb3.


De naam (of namen) van de werken ken ik niet.
Ook de jaartallen zijn me onbekend.