da vinci days


Film meets Art  (original video)

  • Adventures of Baron Munchausen” (dir. Terry Gilliam) and “The Birth of Venus” (artist Sandro Botticelli)
  • Inherent Vice” (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson) and “The Last Supper” (artist Leonardo da Vinci)
  • Days of Heaven” (dir. Terrence Malick) and “Christina’s World” (artist Andrew Wyeth)
  • Heat” (dir. Michael Mann) and “Pacific” ( artist Alex Colville)
  • Melancholia” (dir Lars von Trier) and “Ophelia” (artist John Everett Millais)

Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci!

The leading artist and intellectual of the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci, was born on this day in 1452.

These are just a few of the drawings by da Vinci held in our Western Art Print Room, available to view by anyone by appointment. The Print Room is home to more than 270,000 prints & drawings. 


  • Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). A Maiden with a Unicorn. Pen and dark brown ink on white paper.
  • Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). A Unicorn. Pen and dark brown ink with metalpoint on white paper.
  •  Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). A Horseman in Combat with a Griffin. Silverpoint on a cream preparation, touched with the brush in bodycolour.
  • Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). Detail from a sheet of studies of Figures and of Machinery. Silverpoint on pale pink prepared paper.
  • Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). The Virgin and Child Adored. Lead point over indentations with the stylus on off-white paper.

anonymous asked:

So I know there have been some game changing properties that altered the pop culture landscape. Like Superman kind of killing pulps and Star Wars ushering out the thoughtful Sci-Fi of the early 70's for spectacle. Are there other lesser known but as important things out there? Was there something that suddenly caused everyone to go gaga for pulp heroes, that kind of thing?

Here’s one off the top of my head that is overlooked: Eric van Lustbader’s thriller novel, Ninja. It’s amazing to think about, but before the early 1980s, nobody even knew what a ninja was…except for maybe Kurosawa film devotees or people who read Black Belt magazine.

It’s funny how something can be unknown one minute and then a household word the next. Here’s a fun fact to blow the mind of people under 30: before the 1970s, most Americans had no idea what yogurt was. It was considered a bizarre foreign food popular in the middle east and Europe. 

Like yogurt, ninja were utterly unknown until the 1980s. Then came a 1980 thriller, Eric van Lustbader’s Ninja, which sold over 18+ million copies, and was something like the Da Vinci Code of its day. It was like a monster movie where the monster was a Ninja. The novel sold so well that suddenly, a word and a concept existed that wasn’t there before. Suddenly, Ninja were everywhere. One of my favorite signs of 80s Ninjamania was how many martial arts schools, “McDojos,” switched to black uniforms. 

Another pop culture game changer that is overlooked is Fred Saberhagen’s 1975 novel, “The Dracula Tape,” which introduced the concept of vampires as sexy, sympathetic, and misunderstood outsiders. In the 1970s, Saberhagen was considered one of the three biggest scifi writers alive, but nobody reads him much today. Saberhagen’s Dracula Tape kicked off the entire trend: the next year, 1976, you had a market that hungrily received Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, and the year after that, you had the 1977 Broadway stage production of Dracula with Frank Langella (his understudy was some lesser known New York actor named Raul Julia) where Dracula became the ultimate lover. All of these were possible because of the approach taken in Saberhagen’s novel, which, despite the way his star has dimmed today, was a really, really big deal: it was widely talked about and a top seller.


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Happy Birthday, Doll

A/N: This is a birthday present for @birbs-and-the-bat. Her birthday was a couple days ago, but I was waiting until she had some down time to read before I posted it. Maru, I love you you sweet lil bean and I hope you had a fantastic birthday <3 Also thanks to @avengerdragoness who helped me come up with the idea for this.

Bucky cursed as he looked down at his phone. He had just spent the entire morning baking and decorating and basically working his ass off to make sure Y/N’s birthday was the best she had ever had and here Stark has the audacity to distract him by calling him.

Bucky sighed heavily before pressing accept. “What?”

“What no ‘hello’?” Tony teased from the other end.

“I am a little busy right now.” Bucky said as he surveyed all he had done. The cake was cooling and the icing and other decorative items were laid out waiting. He had strung up a banner that Steve had helped him paint, because the punk could wield a paintbrush better than Da Vinci on a good day. The table was set and he had already scheduled for her favorite takeout to arrive later. He would have cooked something homemade, but he wanted everything to be perfect and, as it was, he was stressing over the cake and decorations.

“Well, I need you to become unbusy.” Tony said sobering a bit. “We have an issue and that requires both grandpopsicles to show up.”

Bucky cursed under his breath. “Watch your language.” Tony chuckled as he hung up.

Bucky growled as he put his phone back on the counter and raked a hand over his face. He just wanted things to be perfect, but it wasn’t like he could say no when there were lives on the line.

He shot a quick text to Wanda, who was keeping Y/N busy until later that night. Or in the very least, keeping her out of the apartment until Bucky could get everything decorated. He told Wanda what was going on and that he might not make it back that night. She responded saying that Y/N was disappointed, but said that he should “kick ass”. He chuckled as he walked to the bedroom to gather his things. He hated that he had to leave for a mission on her birthday, but he was grateful beyond words that she was understanding about it.

It was a long, hard day. The mission went according to plan, but it took longer than expected and they would be coming back a lot later than planned. Bucky opened the door and dropped his bag. He groaned as he dropped to the couch. He just hoped he would be able to make it up to Y/N. Not only did he have to leave for a mission on her birthday, but he didn’t come back until the next day. He was sure she would be more disappointed than she let on and it killed him to think he made her feel sad.

He heard her creep up behind him, but he let her do it anyways. He liked to play along with her antics from time to time and after missing her birthday it was the very least he could do.

“Surprise!” Y/N squealed as she sat in his lap and put a party hat on his head.

“What’s this?” He asked in confusion, gesturing to the brightly colored cone sitting on his head.

“You didn’t really think you could get out of attending my birthday party, now did you?” Y/N giggled as she gestured to the decorations she had left up. There was take out on the table, as she had rescheduled when she heard he would not be there, and a perfectly decorated cake that Y/N had finished last night.

“Wouldn’t dream of it, doll.” He said with a smile as he pulled her in for a kiss. Y/N hummed happily before pulling back.

“Now, are you going to help me eat all this food or am I going to have to do it all by myself, sergeant?” She teased as she got up and began opening containers.

Bucky smiled as he got up. He wouldn’t trade his girl for anything in the world and he was so glad he got to celebrate her special day with her. Even if it was a day late.


April 6th 1520: Raphael dies

On this day in 1520, famous Renaissance artist Raphael Sanzio da Urbino died in Rome aged 37. Born in 1483 in the cultural hub of Urbino to an artistic family, he was orphaned by age eleven. Soon after this, the budding artist became an apprentice in Perugia, where his work quickly gained recognition, independent of his notable master. Raphael’s first major work was his 1504 The Marriage of the Virgin. Inspired by the renown of the art in the city, Raphael moved to Florence in the early sixteenth century and studied Renaissance art under Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo; he is now considered on par with his two illustrious masters. Raphael soon moved to Rome at the behest of the Pope, where he became greatly popular and gained the title ‘prince of painters’. His fame earned Raphael commissions painting frescoes for the Vatican. The artist died on his 37th birthday, though left behind a great legacy in his art, and his funeral was held in the Vatican, where much of his work still hangs.


¬ protective!zoroaster in The Sin Of Daedalus
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