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Titian’s Sisyphus: An Eternity of Doubt

I have a fondness for words with repeated soft aspirants that make them satisfying to pronounce (favourite is ‘aspidistra’).  ‘Titian’s Sisyphus’ is not only wonderful to say, it’s incredibly wonderful to look at, which, as an art historian, makes me … 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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