As was announced yesterday by the Dutch government, today is an official National Day of Mourning for all 298 victims from the attack on flight MH17 last week. 193 of them were from the Netherlands.
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Sometimes you don't believe what you see, or what you don't see. Even standing in front of this door, the instrument ´hanging there´ seemed very real to me. But it wasn't, and it is not a painting either! Actually the door itself was painted, and by scraping the paint from the door, the violin became 'visible'. A double 'Trompe l'oeil', so to speak.
The exhibition Illusion in art, in museum De Buitenplaats in Eelde, shows a number of fine examples of Trompe l'oeil (French for 'deceive the eye').
As can also be said from the note underneath the violin, referring to the French neo-classical painter Ingres:
the violin in the eye
is the illusion of Ingres
"but no, on the contrary"
By Matthijs Röling (1943), a Dutch painter.
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Athens, Greece (2010)
This is the renovated Attalosstoa, nowadays next to the modern Agora Museum. A long time ago the local people of Athens came to this place to shop for their daily goods. It is located on a park-like area in the centre of the city, next to a large open square with government buildings around.
11 juli 2014
Cornelis Lely (1854-1929) was a Dutch civil engineer and statesman. He oversaw the passage of an act of parliament authorizing the construction of the Zuiderzee works. This huge project turned the Zuiderzee into a lake. A statue of Lely was placed halfway the Afsluitdijk. (see also yesterday's post).
And how about the dark sky! It started raining soon after I took this photo..
10 juli 2014
This is a view of the Afsluitdijk (in English: Enclosure Dam), a major road connection constructed between 1927 and 1933, running from the province of North Holland to Friesland over a length of 32 km (20 mi). It is a fundamental part of the larger Zuiderzee works, damming off the Zuiderzee, a salt water inlet of the North Sea, and turning it into the fresh water lake of the IJsselmeer.
Nowadays, halfway the dam there is a monument, a statue of the Dutch civil engineer Cornelis Lely (you can see it in the distance on the right side, I will show you a more detailed picture of the statue tomorrow), and a restaurant. This photo was taken standing on the footbridge that connects the parking spots on both sides of the A7 motorway.