1565 Antonis Mor - María de Portugal, wife of Alejandro Farnesio and Margarita de Parma
François Martin-Kavel, Jeune Femme En Deshabille (Detail), 19th Century
Ostrogothic Gold and Garnet Buckle with Crystal Loop, 6th century AD
The upper face with a panel of cloisonne garnets surrounding a rectangular garnet panel with hatched foil beneath, four green glass inserts forming a swastika design.
I wanted all things
To seem to make some sense,
So we could all be happy, yes,
Instead of tense.
And I made up lies
So that they all fit nice,
And I made this sad world
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country (via observando)
28th July 1914 - Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia
On July 28, 1914, one month to the day after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were killed by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, effectively beginning the First World War.
The following telegram sent by Count Leopold von Berchtold (Austro-Hungarian Foreign Minister) at 11.10 am to M. N. Pashitch (Serbian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister), who received it at 12.30 pm
28 July 1914
The Royal Serbian Government not having answered in a satisfactory manner the note of July 23, 1914, presented by the Austro-Hungarian Minister at Belgrade, the Imperial and Royal Government are themselves compelled to see to the safeguarding of their rights and interests, and, with this object, to have recourse to force of arms.
Austria-Hungary consequently considers herself henceforward in state of war with Serbia.
Giovanni Odazzi, Domine Quo Vadis?, c. 1690-5
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, at the opening of the Canadian Parliament. October 1957.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
W.B. Yeats (via observando)
Books are nice. With just one sentence, you can get lost in all sorta of dreams.
Shuu Tsukiyama (via secret-fujoshi)
Gary Cooper photographed for A Man from Wyoming (Rowland V. Lee, 1930)
Florence is the capital of Toscany and is a major tourist attraction. It is very rich with art and architecture. Here from a distance you can see the basilica (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore). The translation is Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower. The photographer, cleverly captivated flowers and the duomo.