Meet the Mona Lisa of the Prado, the earliest known copy of Da Vinci’s best portrait. Similarity in the undersketch of the painting indicates that this was very likely painted concurrently with the original Mona Lisa, by a student of Da Vinci.
There is much controversy in the art world over the question of whether or not to clean the fragile Mona Lisa, but her sister has been restored and some fairly odd later alterations removed to show the original vibrant colors and lighting. Some details, such as the sheerness of her shawl and the pattern on the neckline of her dress, have become utterly obscured in the original, but in the restored copy they’re perfectly clear.
It blows my mind a little bit to look at these two sisters side-by-side and imagine how much vivid detail could be hiding in the Mona Lisa under 500 years of rotten varnish.
take my tablet away
I drew a really intense Pearl.
Where I’m from: NW Washington State
Where I would like to live: a magically warmer version of the Pacific Northwest. I freakin love it here except for the cold and dreary extended winter that lasts until June.
Favorite food: Hummus (oh god hummus), pie, popcorn, seafood.
Religion: Nah, but the world is pretty amazing.
Sexual orientation: straightish
Single/taken: Superpower: fantastic hair
Eye color: Bluegray
Favorite movie: A good movie: The Fall Favorite TV show: Good shows: Bob’s Burgers, Game of Thrones, Venture Bros. Favorite day of the year: Favorite season: Autumn
Favorite color: ORANGE
Pets: They make me sneeze. Curse them and their adorable allergen-ridden butts. No.
What I’m listening to right now: My ancient heater making wheezy noises.
What’s my ringtone: The most obnoxious dancey instrumental thing the phone came with so that I feel motivated to answer it quickly and make it shut the fuck up.
(Source: battleoffivearmies, via rainbowbarnacle)
WHILE THE TOUR TEAM (Peter, Connor, and Terri this time round) were in Seattle last month for the first Pacific Northwest showings of The Last Unicorn in 31 years, an email came in from Kat Smith, a mother in Boise, Idaho, expressing her hope that the tour would make it there before her terminally-ill 10 year-old daughter passed away. The little girl in question, Lula Coe, had been fighting cancer for two years and things weren’t going well: her doctors thought she might live until sometime in March, or perhaps May, but no longer.
We got Kat on the phone as soon as we could and discussed logistics. What seemed to make the most sense was to add a Boise show on at the end of the tour’s January run, so that’s what we agreed to do.
Plans changed just days later. A new email let us know, sadly, that Lula had been hospitalized again for an emergency procedure that she had barely survived. Her doctors now thought she had until the end of December at most.
Cue serious scrambling.
In less than 24 hours, working mainly on cell phones while driving from Canada to Oregon, we scrapped our one day off; set up a special screening for Lula, her family, her friends and supporters, and a small group of Last Unicorn fans (big thanks to the Regal Cinema Group and their Edwards 22 location in Boise); and arranged a bookstore event afterwards so people would have a place to convene (big thanks as well to theRediscovered Bookshop). That night, after we finished in Eugene, Oregon, we reloaded the van and drove straight to Boise.
What happened there was amazing, and will be covered in more detail next time. For now, we just want to say that we will always be grateful for getting this chance to meet Lula and her family, and you should check out this local news article and the embedded news video included there.
[Source: E-newsletter, Dec 2, 2013]
Peter S. Beagle is a legendary writer, a consummate professional, and a hell of a good man. I am honored to say that I know all these things from personal experience.
That said, omg, Lula Coe is one beautiful unicorn.
I hardly knew a thing about this guy before he came to my town last month (I was only familiar with the movie), but I went and met him, and am glad I did. I can add that he also tells adorable old-man jokes and personally gave me a fistbump.
Sign the petition: Ban Akicon, Get it Shut Down -
Akicon, the for-profit con of bootleg merchandise fraud, bilking and abusing their artist’s alley, and booking guests with a sexual harassment history and covering for their assaults. Akicon Management has hired Leslie Burt Shotwell (DJ Victor Malice) a felon convicted of: Sexual Assault of a minor, drugging, and rape. (HERE) He has been hired by management since 2011-2013. By doing so, they have endangered countless convention attendee’s. This year Akicon management ignored warnings from countless convention go-ers about Shotwell being a felon with rape charges, and led to another convention attendee getting drugged and raped by Shotwell. When she reported the assault to Akicon Management, they called her a liar and defended Shotwell. Later Management tried to cover their tracks by stating: “We can’t help what happens in private hotel rooms.”. Akicon needs to realize what they do every year is wrong, and we will not stand for it. Get Akicon shut down for good.
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Please, even if youre not a WA state resident, signal boost this for me.
This con needs to be shut down before more people are hurt.
there are so many other awful things about this con that are not listed here, the only reason i went in 2012 was because of friends. it’s a horribly managed and dangerous convention. people should be aware as to whether they’re in danger or not, and aki-con staff should take responsibility for their actions.
Hey guys this is one of my local cons and it has a shit ton of problems — since I’m overseas right now I haven’t heard about most of this until right now. But this con is sketchy as hell, and this is absolutely stunning.
I somehow wasn’t aware of any of this! Holy hell. Will not ever attend.