Inspired by Umberto Eco’s idea, German car manufacturer BMW invited Sam Lewitt to develop an ambitious project together with curator by Attilia Fattori Franchini.
Bullies, oppressors and all men who do violence to the rights of others are guilty not only of their own crimes, but also of the corruption they bring into the hearts of their victims.
The Betrothed published in 1827 but set two centuries earlier, against the tumultuous backdrop of seventeenth-century Lombardy during the Thirty Years’ War, is the story of two peasant lovers, Lucia and Renzo, who want nothing more than to marry.
Their region of northern Italy is under Spanish occupation, and when the vicious Spaniard Don Rodrigo blocks their union in an attempt to take Lucia for himself, the couple must struggle to persevere against his plots — which include false charges against Renzo and the kidnapping of Lucia by a robber baron called the Unnamed — while beset by the hazards of war, bread riots, and a terrifying outbreak of bubonic plague. First and foremost a love story, the novel also weaves issues of faith, justice, power, and truth into a sweeping epic in the tradition of Ivanhoe, Les Misérables, and War and Peace.
Groundbreakingly populist in its day and hugely influential to succeeding generations, Alessandro Manzoni’s masterwork has long been considered one of Italy’s national treasures. The Betrothed is translated by Archibald Colquhoun.
Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Antonio Manzoni was born in 1785 near Lake Como, Italy. Sent to boarding school at the age of five, he felt estranged from his family, particularly when his mother left his father. As a young man Manzoni subscribed to the ideas of the French Revolution, joining his mother in Paris, where he married Henriette Blondel in 1808. He wrote throughout his life, but suffered from a nervous disorder which grew progressively worse through his lifetime. He died in 1873.
Manzoni is famous for the novel The Betrothed which is generally ranked among the masterpieces of world literature. The novel is also a symbol of the Italian Risorgimento, both for its patriotic message and because it was a fundamental milestone in the development of the modern, unified Italian language. Manzoni also sat the basis for the modern Italian language and helped creating linguistic unity throughout Italy. He was an influential proponent of Liberal Catholicism in Italy.
Schonlau makes you believe the extraordinary.
In classical logic, the law of non-contradiction (also known as the law of contradiction, principle of non-contradiction, or the principle of contradiction) states that contradictory statements cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time, e. g. the two propositions “A is B” and “A is not B” are mutually exclusive. It is the second of the three classic laws of thought.
The law of non-contradiction, along with its complement, the law of excluded middle (the third of the three classic laws of thought) and the law of identity (the first of the three classic laws of thought), partitions its logical Universe into exactly two parts; it creates a dichotomy wherein the two parts are “mutually exclusive” and “jointly exhaustive”. The law of non-contradiction is merely an expression of the mutually exclusive aspect of that dichotomy, and the law of excluded middle, an expression of its jointly exhaustive aspect.
The traditional source of the law of non-contradiction is Aristotle’s Metaphysics where he gives three different versions.
1. ontological: “It is impossible that the same thing belong and not belong to the same thing at the same time and in the same respect.”
2. psychological: “No one can believe that the same thing can (at the same time) be and not be.”
3. logical: “The most certain of all basic principles is that contradictory propositions are not true simultaneously.”
Cultish, mysterious, a genius illusionist, the Houdini of the film scene, an escapist stuntman, a rip-off artist, a con of the publishing world? We encountered CS Leigh.
Décollage, in art, is the opposite of collage; instead of an image being built up of all or parts of existing images, it is created by cutting, tearing away or otherwise removing, pieces of an original image. The French word “décollage” translates into English literally as “take-off” or “to become unglued” or “to become unstuck”. Examples of décollage include etrécissements and cut-up technique. A similar technique is the lacerated poster, a poster in which one has been placed over another or others, and the top poster or posters have been ripped, revealing to a greater or lesser degree the poster or posters underneath.
An important practitioner of décollage was the German artist Wolf Vostell, who noticed the word “décollage” in Le Figaro on 6 September 1954, where it was used to describe the simultaneous take-off and crash of an aeroplane. Vostell appropriated the term to signify an aesthetic philosophy, applied also to the creation of live performances, Vostell’s working concept of décollage, was the Dé-coll/age and begun in 1954, is as a visual force that breaks down outworn values and replaces them with thinking as a function distanced from media. He also called his Happenings “Dé-coll/age-Happening”.
SILK WORM THIEVES
Two unidentified monks who were most likely members of the Nestorian Church preaching Christianity in India (Church of the East in India), made their way to China by 551 AD. While in China, they observed the intricate methods for raising silk worms and producing silk. This was a key development, as the Byzantines had previously thought silk was made in India. In 552 AD, the two monks sought out Justinian I. In return for his generous but unknown promises, the monks agreed to acquire silk worms from China. They most likely traveled a northern route along the Black Sea, taking them through the Transcaucasus and the Caspian Sea.
Shortly after the expedition there were silk factories in Constantinople, Beirut, Antioch, Tyre, and Thebes. The acquired silk worms allowed the Byzantine Empire to have a silk monopoly in Europe. The acquisition broke the Chinese and Persian silk monopolies.
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