When they clear old farmland
sometimes they leave
the ancient trees,
Marking the border
for a vanished family,
over the play yard
of long-dead ghost children.
Threads of rotted rope are
caught in the branches of the
These bits of twine flutter
in the wind,
and I feel a child’s breath
at my back,
and I rub at the dust
in my eyes.
September 30, 2006
June 19, 2006
PORTLAND, Me., June 11 — Forget Paris. The curious are now flocking here for a Mona Lisa mystery.
A painting that bears a striking resemblance to the "Mona Lisa" is on display at the Portland Museum of Art, attracting residents, amateur art sleuths and tourists.
May was the busiest month on record for the museum. Staff members are not sure whether to credit the painting, which went on display a day before "The Da Vinci Code" opened in movie theaters or to a record rainfall.
Via: All Things Beautiful.
June 11, 2006
VENICE, Italy, June 10 (UPI) — A pen-and-ink drawing of an old woman, owned by an Italian industrialist, has been newly attributed to Leonardo da Vinci.
Some experts are still dubious, The Times of London reported. But Pietro Marani, who helped to restore Leonardo's "Last Supper" frescoes, said he believes the artist did the portrait and a later artist added to it.
Giancarlo Ligabue, the portrait's owner, said he was warned "Don't start thinking it's a Leonardo" when he bought the tiny drawing 30 years ago from an antique dealer. For almost three decades he followed that advice — until Leonardo expert Luisi Cogliati Arano suggested he get scientific tests.
Infrared photography disclosed a preliminary sketch, something Cogliati Arano says is typical of Leonardo.
"There are several details that are similar to other portraits by Leonardo, including the hairstyle, the flower above it, the eye and the profile itself," she said.
The drawing is to be unveiled Thursday in Venice.
June 10, 2006
The man who heard his paintbox hiss