Monthly Archives: March 2013

Amaranth and Amythest: Rubens on the Glories of Purple

Of course purple is an Easter colour, perhaps that’s why it’s on my mind.  But here it is in a decidedly un-Easter-like context, Rubens’s glorious Samson and Delilah (well, unless one has been watching the Biblical onslaught on TCM today). … Continue reading

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Pontormo, Persimmon and Gamboge

Given the time of year (Easter) and the Renaissance turn of mind, I’ve been thinking a lot about a visit I made years ago to see the frescoes by Jacopo Carucci, better known as Pontormo, a key painter of the … Continue reading

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Cerulean: Titian Blue

cerulean (adj.) 1660s, with -an + Latin caeruleus “blue, dark blue, blue-green,” perhaps dissimilated from caelulum, diminutive of caelum “heaven, sky,” of uncertain origin (see celestial). The Latin word was applied by Roman authors to the sky, the Mediterranean, and occasionally to leaves or fields. As a noun, from … Continue reading

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Curmudgeons and Cantankerous Persons

A surly, cantankerous person, bad-tempered, difficult –  The origin of the word curmudgeon is dated by the Online Etymology Dictionary to the 1570s, but there’s no indication as to why such a word might have been invented in the late … Continue reading

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Cipaille: Quyon Cuisine

This is related to the Quirks from Quyon, Quebec – relatives of mine who, I seem to recall, figured in an earlier post.  In any event, one almost-forgotten summer of my early teenage years, when I was very busy being … Continue reading

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Kingston, Ontario – neither muggy nor mauzy but snow in the offing –

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A Muggy, Mauzy Day

I grew up with the word ‘muggy’ so I’ve never considered it at all unusual.  During those dog days of an Ottawa August, when there’s little difference between swimming and walking because of the humidity, my mother, fanning herself with … Continue reading

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