Monday, June 24, 2019

Apropos of nothing at all: Minerva Expelling the Vices from the Garden of Virtues.

Minerve chassant les Vices du jardin des Vertus, Mantegna (Louvre INV 371) 02.jpg

Andrea Mantegna, 1502, housed in the Louvre.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The letter X is made to vex. What did children's alphabet literature do before x-rays and xylophones were going concerns? Xanthippe was apparently a popular choice:

alphabet book letter x

X is a letter that seldom is used,
But its shape will remind us how sinners abused
Their Saviour and God, when, with brute, cruel force,
They compelled Him to bleed and die on the cross!
And, an entire alphabet mocking the Cubists.

Via Languagehat.