Heaven and Hell in Western Art by Robert HughesThe worst horrors of the 20th century derive from politics or science or both. This was not always the case. For a millennium & a half the worst horrors were theological. The fear of hell & the hope of heaven gave shape to some of the greatest achievements of the pictorial art of Europe.
On this eschatological basis, Australian-born critic Robert Hughes has compiled a catalogue of terrors & delights, drawn mainly from Italian, French, Spanish & Dutch masterworks. Humanity, it is clear, has found it considerably harder to envisage felicity than its opposite, & so the infernal regions have been illustrated in a highly spirited fashion.
The delineators of heaven, on the other hand, have found the place safe but dreary. The horrendous Hieronymus Bosch leads the field as a demonic painter; his surrealism still makes an indelible if no longer credible impression. The plates are plentiful, inclining in the heavenly to cool greens & blues, & in the infernal nightmares to somewhat hotter tones.
Hughes, who is also a poet, has written the text, which stands in its own right as a guided tour of the history & topography of the spiritual cosmos.
Contactez-moi pour toute question ou soutenez mon travail. You are invited to an official lunch. You are welcomed by an Englishman. Food is prepared by a Frenchman and an Italian puts you in the mood and everything is organised by a German. You are welcomed by a Frenchman. That joke was proposed by a Belgian as the Official European Joke, the joke that every single European pupil should learn at school. The Joke will improve the relationship between the nations as well as promote our self humour and our culture.
Am on holiday with the family in London. At a very delicious Italian restaurant called Pappa Ciccia , there is a sign outside the basement toilets that carries a nice ode to what economists and others call complementarities:. I do not know how regularly Pappa Ciccia changes this message, but I will check back soon in case they have something good to say on market meltdowns or perhaps the ease of fraud. Read the joke in the picture! I first heard the joke at my commencement when our special speaker said it and everybody laughed out loud. It's a good one!
To celebrate Europe Day - 9 May is the day a European union was first proposed - the EU's Austrian presidency took over a cafe in each capital to illustrate the continent's culinary richness. The poster with all 27 cakes, sweets and pastries Enlarge Image The slogan: "Sweet Europe, let yourself be seduced The Austrians began their presidency in January with a gathering in Salzburg exploring whether European culture could be harnessed to unite and enthuse younger Europeans and switch them on to the EU. Dazzling variety It coincided with the th anniversary of Mozart's birth - there were concerts in the cobbled squares, and Salzburg's famous Mozartkugel sweets were handed out free to conference delegates. The best way to awaken affections for Europe is to discover the emotional and cultural diversity for yourself Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik All the cake recipes The new Cafe d'Europe initiative substituted writers for music, debates for concerts and cake for chocolate.
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View Full Version : A joke about Europe: heaven and hell. Sorry if this joke sounded like weird for Americans:cool::rolleyes: There was irony in it, maybe far-fetched :banghead: But this part is for cultural differences, no? This is a good joke, based on what certain people tend to do best. Very understandable for those of us who have been around the block a few times. French cooks - touted as world class! German-made automobiles - top notch! Now imagine a famous chef assigned to make your new car or an excellent mechanic put in the kitchen of your favorite eatery.
I first heard it attributed to Malcolm Forbes, but that may be unfair. It goes like this:. Europe has changed since the joke was first penned, so apologies to European chefs, auto mechanics, police, bankers, and of course, lovers. I share this because it reminds me of the upside-down nature of heaven and hell in America. In my view, heaven in America is where corporations focus on creating long term shareholder value, while being thoughtful stewards of the environment and the communities in which they operate. And governments, local, state and federal focus on representing the will of the people. So are we living in hell?
Help support our writers and keep our site ad-free. There is a joke that describes the European versions of heaven and hell. In heaven, the cooks are French, the police are British, the lovers are Italian and everything is organized by the Germans. In hell, the cooks are British, the police are French, the lovers are German and everything is organized by the Italians. Thus do pernicious national stereotypes persist. Yes, there are cultural differences… thankfully… and yes, they do have a broad tendency to make people behave in certain ways. In Germany, you have a meeting with a whole bunch of people arranged in a pretty rigid hierarchy and you make decisions.