Monday, March 08, 2010

Tulips, Vasari, Rock 'N Roll & Nutmeg Graters


- A new exhibition has just opened at the Rijksmuseum, featuring its most beautiful prints and drawings of tulips from the 17th and 18th centuries. "Individual tulips, tulips in bouquets, in the garden, as the design for a silver ornament, and featured in allegorical scenes. The highlight of the presentation will be the tulip book created by Jacob Marrel between 1637 and 1639. Complete tulip books are extremely rare, and the Marrel is seldom exhibited in public." :

- Michelangelo letters up for grabs as Renaissance archive goes up for sale. The government in Rome fights to keep the Giorgio Vasari archive leaving Tuscany after purchase by mystery Russian :

- Worcester Art Museum exhibit chronicles rock & roll photography. "Rock & Roll became the American rite of passage in the twentieth century. Each generation since World War II has created various concoctions of African-derived blues and European folk ballads, mixed with American jazz. The visual expression of this music, and its history, are represented in Selections from Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present. Rock & Roll intentionally speaks a language that adults cannot understand, capturing the anxiety of youth, its pent-up fury, and awakening sexuality. The photographs reflect these feelings and ideas, with all their contradictions, excitement and energy. In Rock & Roll, many Americans have their first genuine experience of art. When melody, rhythm, and lyrics speak directly to the listener, a young life can be changed. The exhibition includes the work of photographers who used their cameras to explore and interpret the music, striving to share its creative energy. These images are different from those executed for marketing and publicity, examples of which are also exhibited, presenting another paradox of twentieth century culture. Selections from Who Shot Rock & Roll includes the work of over 100 photographers. Among them are candid shots, photographs of live performance, publicity portraits, and album cover art." :


"Silver Nutmeg Graters"
By John D. Davis.
Published by the University Press of New England in 2002.

DISCUSSION: The production of silver graters for nutmeg, the most stylish of spices, began in the late seventeenth century. An elegant nutmeg grater quickly became an essential part of "the punch equipage", the key to genteelly preparing and serving this ubiquitous tipple. This catalog of the Dr. Robert Green Collection of nutmeg graters features a stunning assortment of fashionable English graters from seventeenth century London and eighteenth and nineteenth century Birmingham, handsome twentieth century American graters designed by Gorham and Tiffany & Co., and more –100 in all.

DESCRIPTION: Softcover. 8”x8”, 80 pages, 45 black & white illustrations.

CONDITION NOTES: In fine, new condition.

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