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As promised, here are the children of Empress Maria Theresa and Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (well, all except Joseph who married at 19 years old in 1760 with Princess Isabella of Parma). All portraits are by Jean-Ètienne Liotard made in 1762, and with just one look you can see why his portraits were SO famous all around Europe.

1. Maria Anna Josepha Antonia, 24 years old, (born 1738). A very intelligent woman, she was her father’s favourite and had a huge interest in science and art (look at her little book), she never married since she was physically disabled, but was a member of the Vienna and Florence Academy of Arts.

2. Maria Christina Johanna Josepha Antonia, 20 years old, (born 1742). Intelligent and artistically gifted (she’s drawing in this portrait!), she was her mother’s favourite and thus the only child to choose her spouse. Well, that’s a smart girl.

3. Maria Elisabeth Josepha, 19 years old, (born 1743). Considered the prettiest of the sisters, a suitable spouse was not found in proper time and later on was considered to get married with the widowed Louis XV, but the smallpox left her a scarred face and never married.

4. Maria Amalia Josepha Johanna Antonia, 16 years old, (born 1746). Obedient and dutiful, married to the Duke of Parma, the brother of Joseph II’s first wife, with the pressure of her mother: she wanted to marry for love with Prince Charles of Zweibrücken (as Maria Christina did) but Maria Theresa never approved. Her relationship with her mother was always awful.

5. Peter Leopold Joseph Anton Joachim Pius Gotthard, 15 years old, (born 1747). Successor of the grand duchy of Tuscany and engaged to marry the Infanta Maria Luisa of Spain, he was cold, intelligent and steady (all which came handy as the Duke of Tuscany and later Emperor) and is shown here drawing a fort. Later on, his many affairs would be famous and even later he would became Holy Roman Emperor.

6. Maria Joanna Gabriella Josepha Antonia, 12 years old, (born 1750). Considered a good natured and likeable girl she was very close to her sister Maria Josepha and was engaged with King Charles III of Spain’s son, Ferdinand, but she died of smallpox inoculation later the same year this portrait was made.

7. Maria Josepha Gabriela Johanna Antonia Anna, 11 years old, (born 1751). Described as “delightfully pretty, she was (also) engaged with King Ferdinand, but died at 16 years old also of smallpox.

8. Maria Karolina Luise Josepha Johanna Antonia, 10 years old, (born 1752). Very fond of her younger sister Maria Antonia (just look at this pretty portrait of them both!), and the one who finally married King Ferdinand. Not very happy of her marriage she ended up being the mind behind the kingdoms of Naples and Sicily.

9. Ferdinand Karl Anton Joseph Johann Stanislaus, 8 years old (born 1754). When he was 9 years old the Duke of Modena signed a treaty with the Empress Maria Theresa engaging him to his only daughter Maria Beatrice, making him the heir.

10. Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna, 7 years old (born 1755). Marie Antoinette excelled at music in her childhood (she was taught by Gluck, so of course she was good!) at age 15 she was engaged to Louis-Auguste the Dauphin of France and well, we all know how it ends.

11. Maximilien-Franz, 6 years old (born in 1756). The youngest child he became Archbishop and Elector Spiritual of Cologne, and went to live in Bonn where he became patron of Ludwig van Beethoven. So this kid had a great musical taste.

Music of the Classical Period (listen)

I am fascinated by the music of different periods of history. This playlist contains 30 works from the Classical period, featuring the composers Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and more.


Concerto in F Minor for Harpsicord Wilhelm Friedemann Bach | Don Juan, O el Festìn de Piedra Christoph Willibald Von Gluck | Orfeo Ed Euridice Christoph Willibald Von Gluck | Symphony No. 8 Mvmt III Johann Stamitz | Concerto in B Flat - I. Allegro Moderato Johann Stamitz | Sonaten Für Cembalo (Klavier) Nr. 16 Antonio Soler | Sonata en Re Menor SR 104 Antonio Soler | Sonata en Re Antonio Soler | Keyboard Sonata No. 21 C# Minor Antonio Soler | Piano Sonata in E Flat Joseph Haydn | Symphony No. 49 in F Minor: Allegro Di Molto Joseph Haydn | Die Sieben Letzen Worte Op. 51 L'introduzione Joseph Haydn | Mannes Orchestra Joseph Haydn | Symphonie Concertante Pour 2 Harpes, Rondo Joseph Francois | Concerto Köln Philippe Jaroussky | Quintet in D Major, Op. 22 No. 1, Andantino Johann Christian Bach | Moll Op. Nr. 17/2 - 3. Statz: Prestissimo Johann Christian Bach | Harpsichord Concerto Op. 7, No. 5 Johann Christian Bach | String Quintet: II. Adagio Cantabile Michael Haydn | Sonatina Op. 36 No. 2 Muzio Clementi | Sonatina Op. 36 No. 4 Muzio Clementi | Sonatine Op. 36 No. 6, Allegro con Spirito Muzio Clementi | Requiem in D Minor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | unknown title Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Quintet in A Major For Clarine Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Voluntary in A Minor No. 6 Samuel Wesley | Moonlight Sonata Ludwig van Beethoven | Für Elise Ludwig van Beethoven | Trio in E Flat, Op. 100 Franz Shubert

The Classical period falls between the Baroque and the Romantic periods. The best-known composers from this period are Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Schubert; other notable names include Luigi Boccherini, Muzio Clementi, Antonio Soler, Antonio Salieri, François Joseph Gossec, Johann Stamitz, Carl Friedrich Abel, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and Christoph Willibald Gluck. Ludwig van Beethoven is also regarded either as a Romantic composer or a composer who was part of the transition to the Romantic.

Franz Schubert is also something of a transitional figure, as are Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Mauro Giuliani, Friedrich Kuhlau, Fernando Sor, Luigi Cherubini, Jan Ladislav Dussek, and Carl Maria von Weber. The period is sometimes referred to as the era of Viennese Classic or Classicism (German: Wiener Klassik), since Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Antonio Salieri, and Ludwig van Beethoven all worked at some time in Vienna, and Franz Schubert was born there. (Wikipedia)

Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline was born on this day in 1910!

He began his artistic career as a painter of landscapes and city views. Around 1949 he achieved a stylistic breakthrough. Using a projector to enlarge details of his works to mural scale, he discovered that he could transform realistic city scenes into expansive abstract images. Kline used house painters’ broad brushes and often limited his palette to black and white. 

“Delaware Gap” 1958, oil on canvas

15 Mind-Blowing Facts That You Should Read (Part 158)

1. In 1912, Franz Reichelt, an Austrian-born French tailor, jumped to his death from the top of the Eiffel Tower while testing a wearable parachute he had designed. The impact of his fall was so great that a 5.9 inch crater was created on the ground where he fell.

2. “The Future Library Project”, established in 2014, aims to collect one story by a renowned writer every year until 2114, after which they will be published. Until then, these stories will be stored in a specially designed room in a library in Oslo. One thousand trees have already been planted in Norway, which will be used to print the stories in 2114.

3. Scientists have found that living near trees can benefit your health to the extent that if you have 10 more trees on a city block, it can impact your health in a similar way that a $10,000 increase in personal income or being 7 years younger would.

4. Women tend to have lighter skin than men to allow for an increased synthesis of Vitamin D from sunlight, and a higher absorption of calcium - both of which are crucial during pregnancy and lactation.

5. Freddie Mercury once snuck Princess Diana into a gay bar in south London. The princess, who was disguised as…

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The Man Who Invented the Future

I apologize that it has taken me so long to post anything lately. I’ve been quite busy updating and refining my own portfolio work, however, more work will be posted soon.

That being said, I just stumbled upon these beautiful illustrations today from Peter P. Plasencia, which were in the 1964 biography, Jules Verne: The Man Who Invented the Future, by author Franz Born. This compelling imagery utilizes dynamic compositions with flattened perspectives to successfully tell a story or convey an environment through the simplified use of geometric shapes and greyscale color palettes.

I hope you find inspiration in these illustrations as much as I do. We would be nowhere without the amazing artists of the past.+

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Some EXO-Ls speculated that the concept of the MV will “Alice in Wonderland”-ish because of this image:

And because of:

But “Eat Me, Drink Me” is also a Marilyn Manson album/song, which was released on June 5th, 2007. It’s long 52:12 minutes, and 5 + 2 + 1 + 2 = 10


Is a quote from the book “Kafka on the Shore” by Haruki Murakami. Kafka is the cafe in Tao’s teaser. 

Kafka could also relate to writer Franz Kafka, who was born in Prague (where Yifan filmed “Somewhere Only We Know”) and died on June 3rd, 1924. Which is the date when the album will be out, and it’s also exactly 91 years since he died, and 9 + 1 = 10