Monthly Archives: November 2018
Two years later, a son was born in the family — crown Prince Rudolf, who, of course, was immediately taken under the care of his grandmother and attracted her caregivers.
Josef Neugebauer. Rudolf, crown Prince of Austria as a child
Empress Elizabeth with her two children and a portrait of the late Archduchess Sophia Frederica
Sissy, wanting a break from the quarrels and fruitless attempts to change the situation, decided to go on a trip. In this connection, it was announced that the Empress was seriously ill. How else could she explain her four-month stay in Madeira? It was only when she was away from the Palace, its intrigues and intolerable rules, and alone with herself, that she found peace and harmony. As she traveled, sissy thought of her children and her still-beloved husband, writing detailed letters and sending gifts. Continue reading
The extraordinary beauty of the Empress of Austria and fascinating conversations with her while posing admired Franz the Magnificent-artist Winterhalter. And sissy herself, as Elizabeth of Bavaria was called by contemporaries, was considered a mysterious woman with a dramatic fate. Perfect appearance, adored husband, beloved children, wealth, power and-endless melancholy, which she carried in the soul until the fatal finale. Why? Tell.
Elizabeth was born in 1837, December 24, when the country celebrated Christmas. Everyone thought it a good omen, promising a happy newborn life: at first it was. She was the third child of the eight heirs of Duke Maximilian of Bavaria and his wife, Princess Ludovica of Bavaria.
Joseph Karl Stieler. Princess Marie Louis Of Bavaria
Joseph Karl Stieler. Princess Marie Louis of Bavaria, circa 1828
Joseph Karl Stieler. Duke Maximilian Joseph of Bavaria, 1830s Continue reading
“Rembrandt: Portrait of 1669” (Netherlands, 1977)
What movie? This is a detailed and unhurried narrative from the birth of Rembrandt ninth child in the Miller’s family-and to the last days of his life. Narrative, where heroes say very little (Saskia for 20 minutes onscreen existence not utters nor words, and only talk smiles or seemed to forget eyes), and “the” means very many. People here are mostly silent-talking objects. Here is a gust of wind opens the window — and the rain begins to lash into the house, here crawling spider, the old woman froze reading the Bible, that Rembrandt puts on Saskia’s head wreath of wildflowers, that newborn baby firmly grabs Rembrandt’s finger. All this is interspersed with close-UPS of Rembrandt’s paintings and their details — hands, eyes, hats… Background music sounds — a pipe or a double bass. In color, the film is close to Rembrandt’s painting: shades of brown and ochre-gold predominate here. Continue reading