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Travel, World of Costume

St Petersburg: The Hermitage / Winter Palace

My favourite place that we visited in St Petersburg in 2014 was the Hermitage Museum / Winter Palace. Less than a decade before visiting, my family and I watched Russian Ark (2002), a 96-minute historical drama by Alexander Sokurov, filmed in one shot through the Winter Palace. Anyone with an interest in history, particularly royal history, should …

The Original Mona Lisa;
Lifestyle

The Original Mona Lisa

 

The Original Mona Lisa

Back on 27 Sept 2012, it was discovered that the Isleworth Mona Lisa was an earlier painting of Leonardo Da Vinci, if not one of his students’. Today, it’s been announced that the Isleworth/Swiss Mona Lisa is not a student copy but an original by Da Vinci, painted at least 10 years before the Louvre‘s copy.

I like the younger version of the Mona Lisa and hope to see both Mona Lisa paintings someday. I would like to have a poster copy of the ‘original’ ML in my room. 🙂

Fashion, World of Costume

Setting the Disney Princesses in the Correct Period

Today I stumpled upon a website called The Princess Letters Project. She created a post called Re-imagining the Disney Princesses and shared the descriptions and illustrations of Disney princesses in more period-accurate costumes by Claire Hummel. I think she (Claire) did a fantastic job! I am reposting this (and adding 2 more princesses) with my comments. …

Another Mona Lisa;
Lifestyle

Another Mona Lisa

Alleged earlier Mona Lisa by Leonardo unveiled

The Isleworth Mona Lisa on the left, the Louvre's Mona Lisa on the right. A Swiss foundation says the Isleworth Mona Lisa is an earlier version of the painting by Leonardo.
The Isleworth Mona Lisa on the left, the Louvre‘s Mona Lisa on the right. A Swiss foundation says the Isleworth Mona Lisa is an earlier version of the painting by Leonardo. (Mona Lisa Foundation)

I prefer the Isleworth Mona Lisa, probably because she looks more animated, whereas the world-renowned Mona Lisa that hangs in the Louvre looks rather eerie. (I still like the painting though!)

So whether or not the Isleworth was painted by Da Vinci or a student admirer, we’ll now have the opportunity to admire both paintings!