Art History: ‘Portraits Of Henrietta Moraes – Three Studies’ By Francis Bacon

This extraordinary Francis Bacon triptych from the William S. Paley Collection is one of the true masterpieces of his career and marks the first inception of his painting of Henrietta Moraes, who became one of his most famous and preferred sitters.

Held in stewardship by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the last 30 years, it is coming to market for the first time since William S. Paley acquired it from the Marlborough Gallery.

Francis Bacon was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his raw, unsettling imagery. Focusing on the human form, his subjects included crucifixions, portraits of popes, self-portraits, and portraits of close friends, with abstracted figures sometimes isolated in geometrical structures.

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Austria: Almatrieb Cattle Parade 2022, Tyrolean Alps

In an annual festive procession in the Tyrolean Alps known as the Almabtrieb, herders and specially groomed cattle descend into the valley after a summer in higher pastures. Their return to the foothill farms is marked with parades, parties and feasting.

The “Almabtrieb” is a custom that goes back 500 years. The steady clang of cowbells accompanies the cattle on their long journey from high alpine pastures back into the valley. Thousands of spectators celebrate their return as Leonhard “Hartl” Thaler leads the herd into town. The 62-year-old is a well-known figure in his Tyrolean hometown of Reith im Alpbachtal – as a farmer, cattle dealer, innkeeper and musician.

Technology: Designing & Building Smarter Cities

How are you connected on the street where you live, the street where you do business, the street you share with neighbors? But how could a smarter street improve your life?

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Could technology help guide disabled pedestrians, eliminate traffic bottlenecks, enhance trash collection and pest control, improve emergency services, protect people from environmental and health threats. “Smart Streetscapes,” a new National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center, aims to create livable, safe, and inclusive communities. Learn more on NSF’s “The Discovery Files.”

Cover Preview: Scotland Magazine – Nov/Dec 2022

Sally Coffey takes a private cruise on the Isle of Skye cruise to discover secret anchorages, undisturbed wildlife, and to hear tales of long ago

Our skippers spot it first: a dark lump on the horizon. There’s a scramble as a second pair of binoculars is found and shared around, each of us careful not to take our eyes off the distant point while we wait our turn. Silence as we stand on the ship’s foredeck staring determinedly at the sea, hoping it wasn’t an illusion. And then we see it – the sleek arc of a minke whale’s back and a hint of its dorsal fin.

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Tilt-Shift Timelapse Views: Munich & Oktoberfest (4K)

Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes and reenacts stories from the 16th century.

Filmed and edited by: Joerg Daiber

Preview: The New Yorker Magazine – Oct 17, 2022

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The Post-Roe Abortion Underground

A multigenerational network of activists is getting abortion pills across the Mexican border to Americans.

Italy’s Great Historical Novel

Henry James decried the nineteenth century’s “loose baggy monsters,” but a new translation of Alessandro Manzoni’s “The Betrothed” demonstrates the genre’s power.

The New Yorker Magazine Website

News: Russia Launches ‘Reprisal Attacks’, Turkey Slows Sweden NATO Bid

Russia targets Zaporizhzhia with ‘kamikaze drones’. Plus: Turkey suggests Sweden and Finland join Nato separately, Afghanistan faces economic hardship under the Taliban and the latest theatre news.

Front Page: The New York Times – October 10, 2022


Russia Launches Biggest Strikes on Ukraine in Months

Kyiv, Lviv and Other Cities Hit in Retaliation From Moscow

  • Attacks on more than 10 cities appeared to target civilian areas and energy facilities as winter approaches.
  • At least 5 people were killed in Kyiv, where explosions sent residents scrambling for shelter during the morning rush hour.

Some Russian hawks say the attacks are a sign that the Kremlin is escalating the war.

Why Little-Noticed State Legislative Races Could Be Hugely Consequential

Races in state legislatures are often quiet and turn on local issues like roads or schools. But a Supreme Court case could give these legislative bodies nearly absolute power over federal elections.