Title: Mice Burying the Cat
Date of Publication: Late 17th – first quarter of the 18th century. The imprint was issued in the 1760s.
Technique: Hand-coloured woodcut.
Size: 32,8 sm by 57,3 sm. Produced from two wooden blocks on two sheets, then pasted together end-to-end.
Origin: Russia, Pggodin Collection, National Library of Russia
The Mice Burying the Cat was extremely popular subject for lubok (woodcuts) in Russia. Over more than two centuries of its history, it has appeared in different variants and copies of the same print, produced in a variety of techniques: engravings, lithographs and chromolithographs. The origins of the lubok topic are obscure.
It has been commonly thought this plot is a caricature of Peter the Great’s burial, authored by his opponents. The caption above the cat reads: “The Cat of Kazan, the Mind of Astrakhan, the Wisdom of Siberia” (a parody of the title of Russian Czars). It has been claimed by modern researchers that this is simply a representation of carnivalesque inversion, “turning the world upside down”.
It is more likely an illustration from a folk-tale. This is the only surviving copy of the print and the earliest picture with this subject.
More about woodcuts (kinda interesting)
More about lubok (really interesting)
Both genres, pictures, and literature, are commonly referred to as simply “lubok”. The Russian word “lubok” itself means a piece of bast and refers to a simple technique of woodcut from bast of the linden tree, which used to be a common material in Russia for manufacturing various items.
FrenchTwist sent me this.
I detest LOLcats, but these work. Now, I’ve posted LOLcats…. What’s next?
“My Funny Valentine” – Chet’s signature song. He would play this tune countless times between 1952 and 1988. He really did love the song, and he re-invented it every time he played it.
In James Gavin’s Book, Deep in a Dream, he tells the story of how Carson Smith, bassist for the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, found this then-obscure piece in a song book. He thought it would be a great ballad for the band to try. Chet loved it. Gavin writes: “….he played the tune as written, stretching out its slow, spare phrases until they seemed to ache. His hushed tone drew the ear, it suggested a door thrown open on some dark night of the soul, then pulled shut as the last note faded. ….. The song fascinated Baker. It captured all he aspired to as a musician, with its sophisticated probing of a beautiful theme and its gracefully linked phrases, adding up to a melodic statement that didn’t waste a note.”
No, no picture. Two mornings in a row I’ve woken up to this in stumble. Who stumbles this to a friend? I don’t care what your position is on the subject, ambushing someone with a slideshow of aborted fetuses unannounced can only be done by someone who does not herself feel the impact of these images.
It’s NOT child-safe and I’m flagging it as such. I sure wouldn’t want my daughter to see it. You people live in your head if you think it’s cute to stumble such photos to people.
And tagged “health/fitness”.
Update: I didn’t know they were fake, but upsetting nonetheless. For all the reasons said in the other negative reviews.
Many women have lost babies perinatal. These photos, even if fake, stir that stuff up. I’ll stumble rotten.com to anyone who sends it to me again. It’ll make you want to drive more safely, I promise.