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In 'Montaigne and Tasso' (1821) French #artist Fleury François Richard imagined the meeting between philosopher Michel de Montaigne and Italian poet Torquato Tasso. Richard, who was known for his historical paintings, took some liberty in changing the setting of the encounter: instead of witnessing the scene at St. Anne’s mental hospital in Ferrara where Torquato had been institutionalized, we are looking at an unusual underground prison cell, monastic in its simplicity.
The light, beaming down a steep staircase, washes over Tasso, seated to the right. It is an allusion to the very light that blinded him, the brilliance of his genius, while the red velvet of his outfit and the general disorder emphasize the passion that consumes him. Tasso’s portrayal couldn’t be farther from that of #Montaigne on the left. The Frenchman looks all appeasing, yet authoritative in his somber outfit embellished with subtle touches of red.
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North Atlantic Right Whale | 2’ x 4’ | 2018
The North Atlantic Right Whale weighs in at 14,000 lbs and 50 feet at length and are critically endangered marine mammals with roughly only 450 remaining. These whales eat krill and zooplankton by filtering through water with baleen plates. They average a speed of 6 mph making them extremely slow swimmers. They also make brief shallow dives for up to 20 minutes. North Atlantic Right Whales biggest threats are humans. More specifically, vessel strikes and entanglement in fishing line is the main cause of death for these beautiful gentle giants. Let’s grow awareness for the North Atlantic Right Whale.