Louvre Museum: Rembrandt – Portrait of Heindrickje Stoffels

Rembrandt’s name shines so brightly in the sky of art that one may wonder if the immortal author of the Night Watch is not the greatest painter the world has ever known. What is most surprising, however, is that he … Read More

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Voltaire: How an old woman took care of Candide, and how he found what he loved

Candide did not take courage at all, but he followed the old woman into a hovel: she gave him a pot of pomade to rub himself, left him to eat and drink; she showed him a rather clean little bed; … Read More

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Voltaire: How a beautiful autodafe was made to prevent the earthquakes, and how Candide was spanked

After the earthquake that had destroyed three-quarters of Lisbon, the wises of the country not finding a more effective way to prevent total ruin than to give the people a beautiful autodafe; [after the earthquake of Lisbon, it was in … Read More

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Louvre Museum: Louis David – Madame Récamier

DAVID is perhaps the most glorified and most disgraced of all painters. Born to the skies by his contemporaries, he was dragged to the grimonies by the next generation. The agreement was reached today on his work, thanks to the … Read More

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Voltaire: Tempest, shipwreck, earthquake, and what happened to Doctor Pangloss, Candide, and Anabaptist Jacques

Half of the weakened passengers, exhaling from those inconceivable anguishes which the roll of a vessel carries in the nerves and in all the moods of the body agitated in opposite directions, had not even the strength to worry about … Read More

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Voltaire: How Candide met his former master of philosophy, Dr. Pangloss, and what happened

Candide, more moved by compassion than by horror, gave to this frightful beggar the two florins he had received from his honest Anabaptist Jacques. The ghost stared at him, shed tears, and leapt to his neck. Candide scared back. “Alas!” … Read More

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