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M-J's Miscellany

Easter Scene by M-J de Mesterton

Posted on March 27, 2016 at 11:50 PM

Wishing You a Blessed Easter, Elegant Survival Readers

Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2012

Elegant Image by M-J de Mesterton

Posted on March 13, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Elegant Still Life Photography by Fine Artist M-J de Mesterton

Mauritshuis Museum Reopens

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Elegant Painting

Posted on October 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Film: Zelary

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 10:25 AM

An Oscar-nominated film made beautifully with a low budget in eastern Europe, Zelary portrays the dangers of living under an oppressive regime. Nazis and then communists figure large in this touching, gripping movie from 2003. Subtitled.

Austrian Painter Aloys Zötl

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM

A master dyer who lived and worked in the Danube Valley of Austria, Aloys Zötl was a major talent who painted idealised fauna set amid stylistic flora in his spare time. Zötl's 12" X 20" watercolour paintings were not exhibited until long after his death in 1887, and that happy 1955 event at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris we owe to the ministrations of a descendant. Since his fantastic zoological representations were discovered by art-aficionados, Zötl's works have been collected by Alix de Rothschild, B. Fringhiam, Jean Lenthal, Julio Cortázar, Louis Amic, Paule Cailac, and Pierre Balmain; Aloys Zötl was written about by Julio Cortázar and Giovanni Mariotti, whose treatise on the Austrian painter was published by Franco Maria Ricci in his eminent, glossy art periodical, FMR in 1984. Today, we can purchase large prints reproduced from some of Aloys Zötl's charming works.

©M-J de Mesterton 2011

Metropolitan Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor

Posted on March 19, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor is today's lyric opera Live from the Met.

Live at the Met Today

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Iphigénie en Tauride 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Saturday, February 26th

11:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time

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Ancient Greek Vase at the Louvre

The vase depicts Orestes and Pylades meeting Iphigenia in Tauris.

The British pronounce Iphigénia "IffijennAYah"

If you wish to pronounce it the original Greek way, it is "eefeeYEN-yah."


Live from the Met Today: Verdi's Simon Boccanegra

Posted on February 5, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Placido Domingo in the Last Act of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra: VIDEO


another beautiful lyric opera by Giuseppe Verdi:

Saturday, February 5th Live from the Met: Simon Boccanegra, by Giuseppe Verdi Starring Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Barbara Frittoli, Ramón Vargas, and Ferruccio Furlanetto.

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Birthday of Edouard Manet

Posted on January 23, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Buongiorno, Rigoletto!

Posted on January 22, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Live at the Metropolitan Opera today: Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto.

Tune in to KHFM on the internet to Listen Llive.

La Traviata at Met Today

Posted on January 15, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Live at the Metropolitan Opera today: Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata

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Some of the world's most beautiful music is heard in La Traviata.

This lovely and sad opera was  based upon a French story by Alexandre Dumas, "La Dame aux Camélias."

Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Posted on January 4, 2011 at 9:45 AM
The Swing, by Innovative Rococo Painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard
of the French Enlightenment Period
Circa 1767

Lux Mundi

Posted on December 24, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Painting by Carl Heinrich Bloch

M-J's Rock and Gem Painting Tops Google Results

Posted on January 13, 2010 at 6:18 PM

In a search for color paintings on Google...M-J de Mesterton's big rock-and-gem painting, "Color-Field" topped the list today, and showed up as a large photo on the web results page.