His Marmoreal Calm

"The formal perfection and clarity of her prose recall the work of one of her heroes, Edward Gibbon. Yet she contemplated and described in rapid, vivid detail scenes of past and present horror that would have robbed even the unflappable historian of the Roman Empire of
his marmoreal calm."
Anthony Grafton, introduction to The Thirty Years War by C. V. Wedgwood
saint-efficace:

hismarmorealcalm:

Eugène Atget (1857–1927)  "Le Loiret" sculpture de Thomas Regnaudin  Versailles, bassin du parterre d’eau  Entre 1901 et 1927  Aristotype (épreuve au citrate) à partir d’un négatif verre au gélatino-bromure d’argent

We really owe a debt to these old photographers. What a beautiful little window into a France that might yet be saved. I recall many a geometrical afternoon, strolling and conversing in the rarefied atmosphere of ‘philosophy’(in the broadest sense?), among such bassins, topiary, the long avenues leading to hazy distances as Zephyrs whispered among the leaves. The formal garden is so supremely French an art. A finer gift to the ages than Voltaire or Diderot, I say. One would have to be mad, or a soixante-huitard which is essentally the same thing, not to own that Boileau was a poet in spite of received opinion. And Baudelaire certainly is the real Che, as someone, better than I though I reall not a name, has pointed out somewhere.  Yet we are all slaves to bean-counters and the puppet-masters of bean-counters.

saint-efficace:

hismarmorealcalm:

Eugène Atget (1857–1927)  "Le Loiret" sculpture de Thomas Regnaudin  Versailles, bassin du parterre d’eau  Entre 1901 et 1927  Aristotype (épreuve au citrate) à partir d’un négatif verre au gélatino-bromure d’argent

We really owe a debt to these old photographers. What a beautiful little window into a France that might yet be saved. I recall many a geometrical afternoon, strolling and conversing in the rarefied atmosphere of ‘philosophy’(in the broadest sense?), among such bassins, topiary, the long avenues leading to hazy distances as Zephyrs whispered among the leaves. The formal garden is so supremely French an art. A finer gift to the ages than Voltaire or Diderot, I say. One would have to be mad, or a soixante-huitard which is essentally the same thing, not to own that Boileau was a poet in spite of received opinion. And Baudelaire certainly is the real Che, as someone, better than I though I reall not a name, has pointed out somewhere.  Yet we are all slaves to bean-counters and the puppet-masters of bean-counters.

hismarmorealcalm:

Walker Hancock at work on the Pennsylvania Railroad World War II Memorial  circa 1952

hismarmorealcalm:

Walker Hancock at work on the Pennsylvania Railroad World War II Memorial  circa 1952

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Intérieur de la mosquée d’Omar le Rocher (Interior of the mosque of Omar the Rock) Maison Bonfils Beirut Lebanon photograph 1867 - 1899 

Intérieur de la mosquée d’Omar le Rocher (Interior of the mosque of Omar the Rock) Maison Bonfils Beirut Lebanon photograph 1867 - 1899 

Mosaiques détails extérieurs de la mosquée d’Omar (Mosaïcs external details of the mosque of Omar) Maison Bonfils Beirut Lebanon photograph 1867 - 1899 

Mosaiques détails extérieurs de la mosquée d’Omar (Mosaïcs external details of the mosque of Omar) Maison Bonfils Beirut Lebanon photograph 1867 - 1899 

Chaire de la mosquée El-Aksa (Pulpit in the interior of El-Aksa mosque) Maison Bonfils Beirut Lebanon photograph 1867 - 1899 

Chaire de la mosquée El-Aksa (Pulpit in the interior of El-Aksa mosque) Maison Bonfils Beirut Lebanon photograph 1867 - 1899 

Jerusalem. Détails intérieurs de la mosquée el-Aksa  Maison Bonfils Beirut Lebanon photograph 1867 - 1899 

Jerusalem. Détails intérieurs de la mosquée el-Aksa  Maison Bonfils Beirut Lebanon photograph 1867 - 1899 

Eglise du Pater intérieur du couloir (Church of the Pater interior of the passage) Maison Bonfils Beirut Lebanon photograph  1867 - 1899 

Eglise du Pater intérieur du couloir (Church of the Pater interior of the passage) Maison Bonfils Beirut Lebanon photograph  1867 - 1899 

Intérieur de la mosquée d’Omar (Interior of the mosque of Omar)  Maison Bonfils Beirut  Lebanon photograph 1867 - 1899 

Intérieur de la mosquée d’Omar (Interior of the mosque of Omar)  Maison Bonfils Beirut  Lebanon photograph 1867 - 1899 

Damas. Tombeau de Saint Jean dans de la grande mosquée  Maison Bonfils Beirut Lebanon  photograph 1867 - 1899 

Damas. Tombeau de Saint Jean dans de la grande mosquée  Maison Bonfils Beirut Lebanon  photograph 1867 - 1899 

Damas. Intérieur de maison  Consul anglais (Syrie)  Maison Bonfils Beirut  Lebanon photograph  1867 - 1899 

Damas. Intérieur de maison  Consul anglais (Syrie)  Maison Bonfils Beirut  Lebanon photograph  1867 - 1899 

Damas  Couloir dans une cour de maison juive  Maison Bonfils Beirut  Lebanon albumen print photograph 1867 - 1899 

Damas  Couloir dans une cour de maison juive  Maison Bonfils Beirut  Lebanon albumen print photograph 1867 - 1899 

Damas  Intérieur de maison Abdallah-Pacha  Maison Bonfils Beirut  Lebanon albumen print photograph 1867 - 1899 

Damas  Intérieur de maison Abdallah-Pacha  Maison Bonfils Beirut  Lebanon albumen print photograph 1867 - 1899