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Christ Crucified (Velázquez)

Christ Crucified is a 1632 painting by Diego Velázquez depicting the Crucifixion of Jesus. The work, painted in oil on canvas, is owned by the Museo del Prado. During his stay in Rome, Velázquez made various nude studies he used in paintings, such as Apollo at the Forge of Vulcan and Joseph's Tunic. Art critics assert that the nude study for this painting is exceptional and masterly in its fusion of serenity and nobility, it is a life-size frontal nude, without the support of a narrative scene. Velázquez followed the accepted iconography in the 17th century, his master, Francisco Pacheco, a big supporter of classicist painting, painted the crucified Christ using the same iconography adopted by Velázquez: four nails, feet together and supported against a little wooden brace, in a classic contrapposto posture. Both arms draw a subtle curve, instead of forming a triangle; the loincloth is painted rather small. The head shows a narrow halo; the long, straight hair covers a great part of the face foreshadowing the death inflicted as shown by the wound on the right side.

It lacks the characteristic dramatic qualities of Baroque painting. Because of lack of information, the date of the painting is unknown. Historians believe the work was made after Velázquez' return from Italy between 1631 and 1632; the influence of Classicist painting is shown by the calm posture of the body, the idealized face and the leaning head. On the other hand, the influence of Caravaggism can be seen in the strong chiaroscuro between the background and the body, in the strong, artificial lightning over the cross, it was most a commission for the San Plácido Convent sacristy. The painting was among the impounded items of Manuel Godoy, but was returned to María Teresa de Borbón, 15th Countess of Chinchón. After her death, the painting was passed on to her brother-in-law, the Duke of San Fernando de Quiroga, who gave it to King Fernando VII; the king sent the painting to the Museo del Prado. The spirituality and mystery of this painting have inspired much religious writing, notably the poem El Cristo de Velázquez by the Spanish writer and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno.

Historia general del arte, Tomo XIII, colección Summa Artis, La pintura española del siglo XVII. Author, José Camón Aznar. Editorial Espasa Calpe S. A. Madrid 1977 La pintura en el barroco José Luis Morales y Marín Espasa Calpe S. A. 1998 ISBN 84-239-8627-6 Museo del Prado. Pintura española de los siglos XVI y XVII Enrique Lafuente Ferrari Aguilar S. A. 1964 Cirlot, L. Museo del Prado II, Col. «Museos del Mundo», Tomo 7, Espasa, 2007. Velázquez, exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which contains material on Christ Crucified

Fisher's Tale

Fisher's Tale were a Christian folk rock band, based in the West Midlands, United Kingdom. They released five studio albums; the band's name is captured in the title of the debut album: "Why didn't you tell me... the fisher's tale?". The "fisher" referred to the fisherman Peter, telling a tale of what happened in the early first century CE; the original band had an a cappella song called "The fisher's tale" which only existed as a demo version. The group started in the early 1990's when a Music and Drama workshop was started in Ware, under the direction of Mark Gates; the workshop was intended to bring together young people's talents with the aim of expressing aspects of the Christian message in different art forms. After some time the workshop organisers decided that a fixed membership music group would have a greater opportunity to write and present music than a variable workshop attendance, some attendees having other commitments. From 1993 the group performed as'Not yet band' until the name Fisher's Tale was chosen during a tea break at rehearsals in Barnet.

Andrew De Witt and Tim Stephens, from the earlier band Six of One, were involved from the outset, contributing to the folk-rock influence of the music. De Witt played in the early live performances and was a significant source of songwriting talent, with his contributions appearing on several albums; the original members of the band were: Andrew Delin: Acoustic & electric guitar, vocals Coren Miles: Keyboard, vocals David Fenton: Vocals Debby Fenton: Saxophone Richard Downton: Percussion Sarah Downton: Bass guitar, vocals Tim Stephens: DrumsFrom the outset the band had a strong performance ethic, combining musical performance with audio-visual presentation and dramatic reading. Part of the original philosophy for Fisher's Tale was to operate as a music project, allowing for changing membership and ongoing output through the life of the project; the original group recorded the debut album, Why Didn't You Tell Me?, released in 1996. The album was produced to cassette only. Rumours of a digital release of the original album have not been confirmed.

Following the release of the first album and Miles, two founding members, left the band. Richard Downton vocals. In 2000, original drummer Tim Stephens left the group and Richard Downton moved to drums in addition to guitar and vocals. Adrian Burr, from the original Ware music workshop, re-joined as lead guitarist, bringing more of a rock style to the band's sound; the band recorded Written in Rock in 1999. Following the album, Pete Howarth joined as rhythm guitarist. Following Written in Rock, Richard & Sarah Downton left the group. David Fenton and Adrian Burr recruited Darren Cordial on drums, Abbie Downer to share lead vocals with Nathanael Stock on rhythm guitar; the new talent allowed the group to progress in new directions. In 2001, Fisher's Tale became a six-piece with Peter Gaston on keyboard. In 2003, Fisher's Tale recorded their 3rd album, with guest musician Anna Ryder on cello; that year Simeon Kay joined as bass guitarist, founding member David Fenton resigned. In 2005, the band changed musical direction with the release of Different Horizon.

After a sabbatical in 2006, Fisher's Tale resumed playing to live audiences around the UK. An open-air concert in May 2009 introduced new songs to the set; the 5th album, United Song, was launched on 5 June 2010 at a concert in Knowle, with the band playing songs from previous albums, alongside all 12 songs from the new project. Following the release of United Song in 2010, Simeon and Jo Kay resigned, Peter and Julia Gaston emigrated to Australia. Fisher's Tale maintains independent control of its content. Albums and tracks can be downloaded from iTunes and CDs are available through its website. 1996: Why Didn't You Tell Me? 1999: Written in Rock 2003: Boundless 2005: Different Horizon 2010: United Song Fisher's Tale official website Listen to tracks from 2003 album Boundless Cross Rhythms listing of 2005 album Different Horizon

The Rose (TV series)

The Rose is a 2003 Taiwanese drama starring Ella Chen, Jerry Huang, Joe Cheng, Joelle Lu and Cecilia Yip. It was based on Japanese josei manga, Bara no Tame ni, written by Akemi Yoshimura and directed by Chu Yu-ning, it was broadcast on Taiwan Television from 25 May 2003 to 23 November 2003. The series won Most Popular Drama of the Year at Taiwan. Zheng Bai He, after being dumped by her boyfriend because she is ugly and fat and having her grandmother die on the same day, finds that her mother did not die. Furthermore, her mother is the famous actress Han Li, she finds herself in the Han family, the truth about her birth has not been revealed. Surrounded by three half-siblings, Han Fu Rong, Han Jin and Han Kui, all by the same mother but different fathers, a pretty harsh and cold mother, Bai He takes on the role of a maid; the three siblings are isolated from the society. They have a cold appearance; this is the fairy tale of how Cinderella changes each of them, finds the princess within herself.

Bai He is an ordinary young girl in the story. Though she has a kind-hearted and generous heart, but being short and chubby, she is always being refused by people because she is not attractive enough, her appearance has always been the origin of Bai He's inferior feelings. Because, a fact that no matter how much strength she uses, she is unable to change; this inferior feeling influences Bai He's life, her interpersonal relations, her own emotions. There are lots of beautiful girls that always appears by Bai He's side; the radiance that they give off is like that of a peacock spreading its feathers and arrogantly striding ahead with their chins up. And Bai He is always used to retreating to the back. In her mind, "I am always ugly." Has long ago became an established law. When other people harms her, makes her doubt this established law of hers, she would turn around and make excuses for that person, comforting her own wavering, uneasy heart. Bai He is this girl, gentle and soft, yet has inferior feelings of herself.

Though her beautiful heart far surpasses outward appearances by a thousand hundred times, but in a society that has all along judged people by their appearances, she is just like many of the other girls who has ordinary appearances - feels miserable over their lack in their looks and forgets about the other characteristics and merits that they have. That is, until she finds the confidence and courage to love herself from all those people that loves her, she reveals the brilliant glitter of her gem and helps the people that she loves in her family to untie the knot of many years of disputes, to accept each other once again. The Rose preserves the established roles of the original story and the story's infrastructure strengthens the personality of the roles, making them stand out, detailing the turning points of the character's mood within the show, hoping that within the entertainment, it can give the audience more moving feelings. Furthermore, guiding the audience through an deeper layer of thinking on love and friendship.

Published by HIM International Music on 1 June 2003 Opening theme song - "花都開好了" - S. H. E Ending theme song - "葉子" - A-Sun TTV The Rose official homepage TTV The Rose Forum