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Archive for the month “October, 2013”

Witley Court & Gardens

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Last Sunday on 27/10/13 we visited the English Heritage property, Witley Court in Worcestershire.  It is an 19th Century impressive mansion with a beautiful restored fountain based on the Greek myth of Perseus and  Andromeda.  The fountain comes on every hour for 10 minutes at a time and was great to watch the water spray from it.

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The Pavilion still has its original floors, while the Victorian conservatory is now home to outdoor plants and wildlife.

Witley Court is a spectacular ruin after being devastated by fire in 1937. It is haunting and melancholy but still retains its beauty.  The baroque church is a hidden treasure.

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We had a long walk through woods and around the lake and Alex enjoyed the spooky Halloween trail where he had to found 8 witches and solve the clues and earned a Halloween chocolate bar.

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We certainly had a very well spent autumn day out.  Witley court is a spectacular country house and an interesting place indeed.

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Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese Art

Glad to see the Shunga exhibition at the British Museum 18th of October 2013.

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The term “Shunga” means “spring pictures”. The reference is to erotic art that flourished at a time when the population of Tokyo grew constantly, and contact with the western was forbidden.

One hundred and seventy works of erotic art from Japan presented at the British Museum from October 3rd  – 5 January 2014 , and the exhibition includes paintings, drawing and illustrations of books.  The artwork covers 300 years of Japanese art [ 1600-1900 ] , which was taboo during most of the 20th century.

It is a kind of art that were inspired subsequent works by Toulouse Lautrec , Rodin, Picasso and many others.

The pillow poem , Utamaro ,1788

The pillow poem , Utamaro ,1788

Most of the pictures celebrate sexual pleasure in all its forms  in brilliantly coloured paintings and prints, illustrations are shocking but tender, beautiful and humorous .

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