Something puzzling me on V-E Day on May 8 last week: no one seems to have noticed that Ben Shahn‘s Liberation is a French maypole scene. I believe from the MOMA@NY blurb that it draws on a Cartier-Bresson image, but if it’s a maypole it must surely be celebrating the end of the war in May 1945 rather than the liberation of France from June to August 1944. (The French do (did) have maypoles (in September), of course, because they are actually Germans, curse their dark and devious souls.)
- “Virginity is an overrated virtue”
Granddad’s Armistice in letters and recollections. Glimpses ante hoc of Cameronians & Royal Scots (52nd Division) in the Eastern Mediterranean and
- Mysterious Zaragoza nights
Between-wars texts about Zaragoza by Germans who appear never to have visited the place.
- Napoleon II’s Pulcinella toy & the Empire’s collapse
A tragic gallery dealing with 1832: contemporary/posterior mise-en-scène? Plus images of Napoleon as Polichinelle.
- Shurely shome mishtake
Franco Alemán has noticed that the mosque on Hospital, Barcelona is called after the aristocrat who led the Moorish hordes into
- Noisy buskers used to drown out the sounds of murder
But were organ-grinders really complicit in the 1817 killing at Rodez of the French politician Fualdès, as the translation suggests, or