[Image: The Duchess of Cambridge by Paul Emsley]
The art: Titian and studio, Allegory of the Battle of Lepanto or Following Victory at Lepanto, Felipe II offers Prince Fernando to Heaven, 1572-75.
The news: “The Major Roadblock to Muslim Assimilation in Europe,” by Shadi Hamid for TheAtlantic.com.
Art + historical note: The painting shows Spain’s Philip II offering his infant son up to an angel who hands him the palm branch of martyrdom. On the palm leaf is written “Greater triumphs await you.”
The painting was commissioned by Philip II as a celebration of Christian Europe’s victory over the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, a naval battle which effectively repelled a Muslim advance into the Mediterranean Sea’s shipping lanes and into Catholic Europe as a whole.
Titian also referred to the Catholic victory by including a scene from the battle in the background of the painting and by placing a bound and humiliated Muslim fighter, his turban fallen to the ground, in the lower left.
How sinister looking.
A bizarrely normal photo of a truly sinister human being.
The art: Robert Gwathmey, Sharecroppers and Blackberry Pickers, 1941.
The news: “Why Unemployment Matters,” by Megan McArdle on TheAtlantic.com.
Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America is a collection of short films and photographs which seek to explore the varied experiences of queer life in America. They’ve spent the last year on the road, collecting new images, video, and words, which they’ve compiled into an interactive gallery exhibit and (just announced!) website:This morning (yep, exactly one year from the day we met our Kickstarter goal) we launched the new, interactive, multimedia exhibition of Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America!
Definitely worth browsing their galleries. Tons of vivid portraits and incredibly moving stories — plus ample evidence of an extraordinary commitment from the creators. So spectacular!