Before Nelson Mandela was president of South Africa, he was a prisoner for 27 years, most of them served on the infamous Robben Island. During that incarceration, he was one of 34 prisoners who shared a copy of The Alexander Text of the Complete Works of Shakespeare.
Read more on Verso in “Leaving an Indelible Mark.” The post includes a link to audio from a David Schalkwyk lecture on the Robben Island Shakespeare, delivered earlier this year.
caption: Nelson Mandela signed his name along the side of a passage from Julius Caesar. Robben Island Shakespeare. Photo by Julie Ainsworth. Courtesy of Sonny Venkatrathnam / Folger Shakespeare Library.
A statue of Indian Goddess Lakshmi found at Pompeii
OK, a bit off topic but I find this statue rather interesting since it’s a tangible evidence of trade between Roman empire and India. The statue portrays an Indian goddess of Fertility Lakshmi and dates back to early years of the 1st century CE.
Such a good dog. “Ok little human I’ll wait here while you go play in the puddle.”
SYLVIA PLATH ‘The fig tree’
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What a creative mom!
2890. Wengenn in Wonderland. Artist and mother of three, Queenie Liao imagines what her son might be dreaming of during his naptimes. These are so cute and artfully crafted!
Photographer Patrick Gries entered the Museum of Natural History in Paris to photograph portraits of over 250 skeletons for his series titled Evolution. The resulting fine art photography project presents each of the skeletal frames of various creatures against a black backdrop, elegantly displaying them as brilliant sculptures while simultaneously blurring the lines between science and art.