The Tennis Court Oath (Jacques-Louis David)

The Tennis Court Oath, June 20, 1789, by which deputies of the new National Assembly vowed to write a Constitution. This celebrated depiction by Jacques- Louis David well illustrates the spirit of ’89 and the extraordinary fervor with which patriots supported the Revolutionary changes. The president Bailly stands on a table to administer the oath. One can distinguish the abbé Sieyès, sitting just beneath Bailly; Mirabeau (right foreground, in a dark coat, striding forward); Barnave ( just behind Mirabeau); Robespierre (right of center, baring his breast with his two hands); Pétion in front of Robespierre with his back turned; Barère (sitting at left, writing his newspaper); and the trio of the Protestant Rabaut Saint-Etienne, the priest Grégoire, and the monk Dom Gerle (center foreground). 

The Coming of the Terror (Timothy Tackett)

Enter Here

Refined compositions, beautiful patina and subtle aesthetic choices. Everything is important.

Taken somewhere in the Sagano district near Kyoto, I am finally reviewing images taken during a remarkable aesthetic adventure in Japan last fall. 

槐安国語提唱(Kaiankokugo teisho) :
“In this temple Hakuin (a prominent zen master) ’s literature is taught”