Workshop of Sandro Botticelli - The Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist (1482-98)
"As to the Devil, he owes everything to Milton. Dante and Tasso present us with a very gross idea of him: Milton divested him of a sting, hoofs, and horns; clothes him with the sublime grandeur of a graceful but tremendous spirit."
Percy Shelley, ‘On the Devil, and Devils’ (via mirroir)
Dmitry Gomberg: Akrak Vazha (The Shepherd’s Way)
This is a story about Tusheti - mountain region in the Republic of Georgia. Tusheti lies near the Chechen border and it is culturally closer to Chechens than to Georgians. The story is about shepherds who travel every summer to their ancestors’ land Tusheti and than return to spend the winter at the bottom of the mountain. Twice a year they travel with their sheep through the pass in the Caucasus which is 3,000 meters high.
I was staying and documenting life of the Shepherds in the Caucasus mountains for 5 years.
These people have been cheese makers since before Christ.
Their life is simple and harsh, but beautiful.
Julio Cortázar was born one hundred years ago today. Read his Art of Fiction interview here.
a personal fave
“It’s not the tragedies that kill us, it’s the messes. I can’t stand messes. I’m not being a smartcracker. You know I’m not when you meet me—don’t you, honey?”