Yes, it is what you think it is.


The Ice Maiden showed up last night to say “Hello” and to leave her calling card.  An “No” it’s not the frost calling card neither.  It’s a rather balmy -8*C  out there right now and if I have to convert it to Fahrenheit you really wouldn’t want to know that either.  Trust me when I say that it’s rather brisk out there right now.

Brisk“.  That’s a rather fancy way of saying “it’s friggen cold out there dude“.  We here in central Minnesota are apparently keeping pace with Miss Anna’s Sweden as far as weather is concerned.

Art Sunday #50: Donatello – David


David is the title of two statues of the biblical hero by the Italian early Renaissance sculptor Donatello, an early work in marble of a clothed figure (1408-09), and a far more famous bronze figure that is nude between its helmet and boots, and dates to the 1430s or later. Both are now in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence.

Donatello’s bronze statue of David (circa 1440s) is famous as the first unsupported standing work of bronze cast during the Renaissance, and the first freestanding nude male sculpture made since antiquity. It depicts David with an enigmatic smile, posed with his foot on Goliath’s severed head just after defeating the giant. The youth is completely naked, apart from a laurel-topped hat and boots, bearing the sword of Goliath.