During the Early Renaissance, bankers were little more than traders that set up booths at the edges of markets who traded currency through weighing by scales (usually tipped in the bankers’ favor).
However, the invention of the cheque system and the bank account by the Medici family raised banking to a whole new hierarchy.
The painting, The Banker and His Wife by Marinus Van Reymerswale, has been featured as the cover of The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson. The book also gives insightful information on the history of bankers during the Renaissance.
In the Victorian Era, society was very keen on manners (usually based off the behavior of the much-respected Queen Victoria) and one single mis-step could get you shunned in society.
There were even certain outfits that could not be worn outside the house or during certain times of the day. For example, gentlemen could never wear a tie to a dance; ties are allowed during outdoor events only.
For this reason, plenty of etiquette books that claim to have the most up-to-date versions of remaining civil were published. Much like the dieting books nowadays. However, the days of strict rules are long gone and most of the etiquette books have been destroyed or lost.
I posted about van Gogh before in my previous posts, but this is one of his most famous paintings that I neglected. They are called Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh. It is composed of various warm colors, in shades of mainly yellow.
The Cloud Atlas finale is a beautiful piece of music that has been nominated already for a Golden Globe award. It was written by three composers for the movie Cloud Atlas and I strongly advise you to buy the CD.
The song starts off quiet, with string instruments that have a sense of tranquility yet a sense of authority at the same time. The music then crescendos and the main chorus is sung by a chorus of females, which then echoes across the song, symbolizing the theme of actions having a repercussion throughout lifetimes. In the end, the strings come back with a lively yet powerful melody that drowns out the choral singers which then cuts out to a gentle version of the chorus. This explains the delicacy of life yet the importance of it is emphasized as well.
Hello, I couldn't help but to read your description of Da Vinci's art and Dan Brown's book about it. Maybe you can help me out, in the book they mention genre symbols. Something that looked like > but standing up, do you know more about those symbols? or the name of them so I can look for info? Thanks for reading.
Sorry for the late response! I am pretty sure that that symbol is a symbol for the womb because it looks like its general shape. I don’t know that much about these symbols but the Da Vinci Code offers great explanations. Decoding the Da Vinci Code is another book you could look into for more info.
This was long overdue. Because Whitney Houston died while Abundance in Life was inactive, I hadn’t had a chance to do a memorial post for her. This is her most famous song, heralded as one of the hardest songs to sing, adapted from Dolly Parton’s version in the movie The Bodyguard. It has also been made into a music video.
The Bodyguard went on to win several awards and the soundtrack skyrocketed to become the top-selling soundtrack of the century. Whitney’s costar Kevin Costner was present at the funeral since the two had become friends after filming the movie.
Whitney’s songs are heavily influenced by gospel music since she comes from a Christian background. Some other hits include Where Do Broken Hearts Go, Saving All My Love for You and When You Believe feat. Mariah Carey.