bellasemplicita

Regaining a lost love for beauty and simplicity.

Tag: Style

Summer Style

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This summer I am trying to attain a style that is classic, minimalist, muted, and breezy.  I am particularly loving linen, jean, khaki, and cotton fabrics.  These are a few of the images that have been inspiring to me this last week.

Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.
– Oscar de la Renta

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercouse.

– Sir Francis Bacon

What is your style this summer?

Read more: http://stylecaster.com/fashion-quotes/#ixzz3fLp4q7L5

Italy

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I have always, quite possibly from the moment I gained consciousness, desired to travel the world but especially Italy.  The many things that I have heard second-hand about Italy deeply resonate with my ideas off family and culture and life.  I love the geography, the cities, the art, the history, the food, and what I think the culture and the people are like.  And I am finally heading of to Italy!  Finally!  My Mom and I have two weeks to hit all of the main spots – Rome, Siena, Florence, Venice, Ravenna, Assisi, etc.  I don’t know how we will be able to see all I could wish!  Of course if you have any ideas and travel tips please feel free to pass them along.

And now enough of me – here is a quote from Alberti’s Prologue to On Painting.  He is speaking about the accomplishments that some at the beginning of the Renaissance had achieved and later more specifically Brunelleschi and ‘his dome’.

“Therefore, I believe the power of acquiring wide fame in any art or science lies in our industry and diligence more than in the times or in the gifts of nature.  It must be admitted that it was less difficult for the Ancients – because they had models to imitate and from which they could learn – to come to a knowledge of those supreme arts and sciences without teachers or without any model whatsoever.”

He Is Risen

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‘For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.’

Romans 5:6 – 11

1.  The White Crucifixion – Marc Chagall

2.  The Entombment of Christ – Michelangelo Caravaggio

3.  From the Isenheim Altarpiece – Matthias Grunewald

A Man Is Rich . . .

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“for a man is rich in proportion to the number of things

which he can afford to let alone” – Henry Thoreau, Walden

In Praise

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‘You, O Lord my God, gave me life and my body when I was born.  You gave my body its five senses; you furnished it with limbs and gave it is proper proportions; and you implanted in it all the instincts necessary for the welfare and safety of a living creature.  For these gifts you command me to acknowledge you and praise you and sing in honor of your name, because you are Almighty God, because you are good, and because I owe you praise for these things, even if you had done nothing else.  No one but you can do these things, because you are the one and only mould in which all things are cast and the perfect form which shapes all things, and everything takes its place according to your law.’

–  Saint Augustine; The Confessions – Book 1, chpt. 7

 

‘Tis the Season

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I have been absent from this blog for much too long.  However visiting Seattle with my family and wrapping up this school semester have kept me very busy!  When I get the chance I will share some of my pictures from Seattle and some portraits of my beautiful friend Madeleine.

Until then let me share this passage from Isaiah with you.  I always love Advent – a time for anticipating the arrival of Jesus.  Reading the prophesies about the coming of the Messiah at this time every year always fills me with such excitement, joy, and peace.  I hope this passage blesses you as much as it has blessed me.

‘A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;

    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.’

Isaiah 11:1 – 10

Years

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We turn not older with years but newer every day.

– Emily Dickinson

A Poem

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it is not for me, it seems,

to touch the sky

with my two arms

– Sappho (no. 29)

Auction

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Chaim Soutine (1893 – 1943)

Le Petit Patissier

Estimated value: $16,000,000 – $22,000,000

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Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985)

Les Trois Acrobates

Estimated value: $6,000,000 – $9,000,000

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Alfred Sisley (1839 – 1899)

Printemps a Veneux

Estimated Value: $2,000,000 – $3,000,000

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919)

Confidence

Estimated Value: $2,500,000 – $3,500,000

An auction coming up in May at Christie’s in New York.  These are some of my favorites.

View all lots here.

‘Magnolia Bugs no. 6672’

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I thought that these were darling; found them here.

‘There are always flowers for those that want to see them.’ – Henri Matisse

Have a lovely weekend!