With the recent discovery in Munich of €1bn (£860m) worth of art looted by the Nazis, and the forthcoming release of a feature film, starring George Clooney, based on the exploits of the Monuments Men, it is a fitting time to recall how fortunate we are that so much art survived the second world war. The Nazi art theft division, the ERR (Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg), was responsible for the theft of around 5m works: from the Louvre, the Uffizi and countless churches, galleries and homes. From headline-grabbing works like Michelangelo's Bruges Madonna to the most frequently stolen artwork in history, Jan van Eyck's Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, both of which feature in the Clooney film, to lesser-known gems that nevertheless held a place in the hearts of museumgoers or families, the story of art looting during the second world war is a tree with countless roots. Each masterpiece has its own history, a provenance ripe with intrigue. Few of the individual stories have … [Read more...] about Did the Nazis steal the Mona Lisa?
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Photo: Columbia Pictures Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel about the March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, none of whom has a superpower besides Yankee decency — was the original super-franchise. Spring 1868: She Needed the Money Louisa May Alcott, who grew up in Massachusetts in a family of abolitionists and was taught by Henry David Thoreau, had been writing saucy fiction under a pen name (stories like “Pauline’s Passion and Punishment”) when her publisher suggested she write a book about girls. Her first thought? “Never liked girls nor knew many, except my sisters.” So she based her book on them (she was Jo). Fall 1868: Blockbuster Photo: Mary Evans Picture Library/Everett Collection The first part of Little Women (up until Mr. March returns home from the Civil War) is published and sells out its initial run of 2,000 books in two weeks. The book toes the line between children’s and “serious” … [Read more...] about Was Always Big
Last year, when we were putting together “The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy,” our goal was to present a list of jokes that captured the entirety of capital-C comedy. While we feel like we succeeded in that mission, we also came away wondering if the scope had been too limited — if there were jokes outside the sphere of stand-up, sketch, radio, TV, and film that helped establish what we think of as comedy today. Between that and some difficult omissions the first time around — Martin and Maude, Monty Python and the Kids in the Hall — we realized a second edition was warranted, one that pushes the bounds of what could be called a “joke.” On this list you’ll still find traditional setup–punch-line zingers and acts of physical comedy, but we no longer demanded that a joke be performed. This time we considered passages from novels, cartoon images, and even pieces of art. A joke, as we used it, is a unit of comedy. Unlike last time, … [Read more...] about 100 More Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy
Empty threats, say Brexiters of the claims made by Airbus and Siemens that plans are under way across industry to slash investment budgets and possibly close factories should the UK quit the European Union’s single market and customs union on 29 March. Worse than that, Mark Francois MP, an arch Tory Brexit campaigner, says it amounts to bullying. He said Airbus’s German boss was guilty of “Teutonic arrogance”. Yet, without a deal – one that at least keeps the UK in the customs union during a transition period – it is clear to all but the most short-sighted that the UK is a train careering off a cliff or a ship heading for an iceberg – take your pick. Airbus, which builds the wings for its planes in the UK, has conceded that the latest Brexit comments were scheduled to chime with the government’s campaign to get Theresa May’s deal through parliament before a crucial week. There was also a strong element of seething frustration from … [Read more...] about Brexit warnings by Airbus and Siemens cannot be ignored
In the grounds of his house, Jasper Johns has a studio, a huge converted barn in which the 74 year old does most of his work. From the east, it looks out over the hills of Connecticut; from the west, across a lawn towards the house. The estate is in Sharon, a small town two hours from New York, where the size of the properties makes running into the neighbours mercifully improbable. When we arrive, Johns is in the studio, hunched over an etching. "Just a minute," he says. He moves with a slowness suggestive of irony and has that Jimmy Stewart knack of looking doleful and amused at the same time. On the wall he has pinned a handwritten reminder: "Don't forget the string." Johns does not particularly like talking about his art. He's aware that by explaining what he means, he risks limiting the meanings that can be derived from it by others. His claim to the title of World's Greatest Living Artist is buttressed by his amazing wealth - one piece alone went for £12m - and the iconic … [Read more...] about Master of few words
Her husband Brian Austin Green recently confessed he wasn't interested in dating her initially. And Megan Fox was spotted in Seoul following the revelation, promoting her new film Battle of Jangsari at Apgujeong CGV Cinema in the South Korean capital on Tuesday. The 33-year-old actress looked incredible for the promotional event, taking to the stage in a simple black jumpsuit with a strapless, sweetheart neckline. Glamorous: Megan Fox was spotted in Seoul on Tuesday, promoting her new film Battle of Jangsari at Apgujeong CGV Cinema in the South Korean capital Megan looked sophisticated in the skintight look, featuring bow detail at the bust for added glamour. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Kim Kardashian Photoshop fail? Fans point out what looks... Simon Cowell, 59, continues to show off the results of his... Kourtney Kardashian goes braless in a white tank top as she... Neo returns! Keanu Reeves confirmed to star in The Matrix 4... Share this article Share 26 … [Read more...] about Megan Fox puts on a stylish display in strapless black jumpsuit as she attends Seoul photocall for Battle of Jangsari