Afternoon Art Break

“Allegory of Wisdom and Strength”
Paolo Veronese (1584)

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Your Morning Cup of Links

MFA Boston receives its largest gift of European paintings ever

When Beethoven met Goethe

8 things you should know about da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi,’ his Holy Mona Lisa

Paintings hung above eye level judged aesthetically superior

“The case for the policies I’d lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence.”

Trump’s empty culture wars

“About that fourth tax bracket”

McHealthcare Deluxe 

Trump vs. the First Amendment

The Third Reich and “World Ice Theory”

A marvelous new translation of a Middle English masterpiece

Can alcohol fuel creativity?

What happened to the literary Midwest?

Christ in the Garden of Endless Breadsticks

Out for Young Blood

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Music Monday

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Afternoon Art Break

“Life Study (Study of an Egyptian Girl)”
John Singer Sargent (1891)

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Evening Art Break

“Resting”
Antonio Mancini (c. 1887)

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Evening Art Break

“Wheatfields under Thunderclouds”
Vincent van Gogh (1890)

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Afternoon Links

Can poetry change your life?

Sam Haselby writes about the 19th-century interest in the beauty of the soul and what it can teach us today

“It’s Trump vs. the NFL, and we’re all losers”

Beautiful and holy: The case for the traditional Latin Mass

James Madison weeps

Make America Normal Again: “If you’re an NFL fan, you can only be aghast at what Trump has done. His side — our side, the side that said you shouldn’t insult the flag because of the mistakes made by some police officers — was winning. All Trump had to do to secure this small but important victory was keep his mouth shut.”

“too many in our polarized nation have lately developed a disturbing habit of zealously defending the free speech of people they like while working overtime to find reasons to justify censoring their ideological enemies

The president’s intervening smacks of governmental overreach. Imagine the conservative response, for example, if President Obama had suggested that Tim Tebow be fired for kneeling in prayer before games…Before the NFL, the media, and Trump polarized the nation and decided that their own political and financial gain was more important than the separation between sports and politics, there was a relative consensus on these issues: Protesting the anthem and the flag is stupid, but players should be allowed to do it unless team owners feel like firing them. Now that consensus is gone. Anyone who says protesting the anthem is dumb is now labeled a knee-jerk jingoist with a Trumpist streak; anyone who says firing anthem protesters is dumb is now labeled an anti-American sympathizer.”

Victorian women translating Greek

A day in the life of a Hollywood dialect coach

Congress does what it does rather well actually

The return of the sacred in classical music

Fueled by demand from gulf states, Italian marble is booming.

Marriage matters

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