Cornelis Cort

Cornelis Cort was a Dutch engraver and draughtsman. He spent the last 12 years of his life in Italy. Born in Hoorn or Edam, Cort may have been a pupil of Dirck Volckertsz Coornhert in the 1550s in Haarlem, his first known engravings were published in Antwerp around 1553, though it is thought that he remained working in the Northern Netherlands. The publisher was Hieronymous Cock. A letter of 1567 from Dominicus Lampsonius to the artist Titian described Cock as Cort's master. Plates, which Cort produced for Cock were inscribed with Cort's name only after he left his apprenticeship with Cock. Cort moved to Venice and lived in the house of Titian in 1565 and 1566, he produced engravings based on Titian's works. Among these are the well-known copperplates of "St Jerome in the Desert", the "Magdalen", "Prometheus", "Diana and Actaeon", "Diana and Calisto". From Italy he wandered back to the Netherlands, but he returned to Venice soon after 1567, proceeding thence to Bologna and Rome, where he produced engravings from all the great masters of the time.

In Rome he founded the well-known school in which, as Bartsch tells us, the simple line of Marcantonio was modified by a brilliant touch of the burin, afterwards imitated and perfected by Agostino Carracci in Italy and Nicolaes de Bruyn in the Netherlands. Before visiting Italy, Cort had been content to copy Michael Coxcie, Frans Floris, Gillis Mostaert, Bartholomeus Spranger and Stradanus. In Italy he gave circulation to the works of Raphael, Polidoro da Caravaggio, Giulio Clovio and the Zuccari. Cort visited Florence between 1569 and 1571 working for the Medici family, he returned to Titian in Venice in 1571-1572. He spent the last year of his life in Rome, his connection with Cock and Titian is pleasantly illustrated in a letter addressed to the latter by Dominick Lampson of Liège in 1567. Cort is said to have engraved upwards of fifty-one plates; the art collector George Cumberland wrote in 1827 that This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed..

"Cort, Cornelis". Encyclopædia Britannica. 7. Cambridge University Press. P. 205. Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Drawings and Prints, a full text exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which includes material on Cornelis Cort

Freaks (Marillion song)

"Freaks" is a song by British neo-progressive rock band Marillion. First released in 1985 on the B-side to the number five UK hit single "Lavender", in November 1988 it was released in a live version on a double A-side single together with the band's 1985 number two hit, "Kayleigh"; the single was intended to promote the forthcoming double-live album The Thieving Magpie, which documents the band's history with singer Fish, who had left the band in October 1988. The single peaked at no. 24 in the UK Singles Chart, becoming their eleventh consecutive UK Top 40 hit. The track "Freaks" was only included on the CD and cassette versions of The Thieving Magpie, "Kayleigh" was available on the vinyl edition, which only featured the first half of the Misplaced Childhood album; the 12" version contained an additional two tracks from the second half of Misplaced Childhood, which are not found on the vinyl version of The Thieving Magpie. A CD replica of the single was part of a collectors box-set released in July 2000 which contained Marillion's first twelve singles and was re-issued as a 3-CD set in 2009.

"Freaks" — 4:12 "Kayleigh" — 4:08*On the Dutch version of the 7" single, re-released in January 1989, "Kayleigh" and "Freaks" are reversed. "Freaks" — 4:12 "Kayleigh" — 4:08 "Childhoods End?" — 3:10 "White Feather" — 4:00 "Freaks" — 4:12 "Kayleigh" — 4:08 "Childhoods End?" — 3:10 "White Feather" — 4:00 Fish – vocals Steve Rothery – guitars Mark Kellykeyboards Pete Trewavasbass Ian Mosleydrums

Alex Naumik

Alexandra Naumik, better known by her stage name Alex, was a Polish-Norwegian rock and pop artist who rose to fame in the late 1970s. Alexandra Naumik was born in 1949 to Polish parents in Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR. During the Stalinist era she was deported to Siberia together with her family and only arrived in Poland 6 years later. With her talented voice, spanning more than four octaves, Naumik won several competitions and prizes while still a teenager and recorded records with renowned artists such as Agnieszka Osiecka and Adam Slawinski. Having graduated from the Pedagogy Institute in Łódź in 1969, she moved to Norway in 1970 after marrying Norwegian film director Haakon Sandøy. Following her move to Norway, Naumik resumed her music career, adopting the stage name Alex; the stage name itself was created and given by writer Jens Bjørneboe, who dedicated on his novel "Powderhouse" - «To little Alex from old Jens». Her eponymous 1977 debut album launched funk-rock in Norway while her album received both critical acclaim and the Norwegian Album of the Year award selling to both silver and gold records.

Her first band named "Alex", was formed in 1976 together with Bjørn Christiansen, Svein Gundersen, Brynjulf Blix and Per Ivar Johansen. She was the first Norwegian artist to sign international recording contracts in 1977 with PolyGram International and in 1978 with RCA Records, working with artists such as David Foster, Andrae Crouch, Andy Summers and Glen Matlock. In addition to performing all over the world, Alex was given her own television special in the German Musikladen series, viewed by 20 million people in over 18 countries worldwide. During the early 80s, Naumik took part in Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian national finals of the Eurovision Song Contest, on four occasions, with her third place in 1980 as her best result; that same year and her band were involved in a bus crash, which killed her drummer, Per Ivar Johansen, injured several other members. Following the peak of her popularity in the mid-80s, Naumik turned to producing records and writing material for other artists, spending several years working in both the United States and Japan, before returning to Norway in the early 2000s.

During this time, Naumik only released two albums herself, in 1991 and -93. Her most recent success was her work with Swedish-born artist Leana's album Faith, which reached number one on the Billboard charts in June 2006 and January 2007, she contributed as a writer and producer along with her daughter, Naomi Naumik, her collaborator for 25 years, Grammy winner Atle Bakken. In October 2008, Naumik began re-releasing her recordings, both digitally and on CD, marking her debut on iTunes and her own website. At the same time, several brand new recordings and remixes were released. During her lifetime, Naumik received several international prizes and distinctions in addition to national ones; these have included the "Nordring" prize in Helsinki, the Norwegian Grammy, for two albums, being voted "Female Artist of the Year" by the readers of Det Nye magazine in 1980 Alex became renowned as a trend-setter in several areas and she became the first female artist in Norway to take full control over her music and public image at a time when an independent female artist was unusual.

As she was a pioneer in co-operation between the music and commercial sector and became a spokesperson for Helen Curtis Shampoos, BASF, Levi's and Ford Motor Company amongst others. Naumik married Norwegian film director Haakon Sandøy in 1969, but they divorced, she spent most of her life, including her final years, in Oslo, but lived in USA, Japan and Sweden. On September 17, 2013, Naumik was found dead in her Oslo apartment, she was 64. Alex Handle With Care Hello, I Love You Daddy’s Child Alex’ beste Always Almost Living In Color Heartbreak Queen Listen To The Music Flying High Rock Machine Univers Rock'N'Roller I Love Warszawa Dreamboy Don't Break down My Heart Almost Home Is Where The Hatred Is I Wanna Fly Bratteli, Randi; the Way They Went. Tiden Forlag, Oslo. ISBN 82-10-01671-7 Official website Miclex' article about Alex