El Greco

Doménikos Theotokópoulos, most known as El Greco, was a Greek painter and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. "El Greco" was a nickname, a reference to his Greek origin, the artist signed his paintings with his full birth name in Greek letters, Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος, Doménikos Theotokópoulos adding the word Κρής Krēs, Cretan. El Greco was born in the Kingdom of Candia, at that time part of the Republic of Venice, the center of Post-Byzantine art, he trained and became a master within that tradition before traveling at age 26 to Venice, as other Greek artists had done. In 1570 he moved to Rome, where he executed a series of works. During his stay in Italy, El Greco enriched his style with elements of Mannerism and of the Venetian Renaissance taken from a number of great artists of the time, notably Tintoretto. In 1577, he moved to Toledo, where he lived and worked until his death. In Toledo, El Greco produced his best-known paintings. El Greco's dramatic and expressionistic style was met with puzzlement by his contemporaries but found appreciation in the 20th century.

El Greco is regarded as a precursor of both Expressionism and Cubism, while his personality and works were a source of inspiration for poets and writers such as Rainer Maria Rilke and Nikos Kazantzakis. El Greco has been characterized by modern scholars as an artist so individual that he belongs to no conventional school, he is best known for tortuously elongated figures and fantastic or phantasmagorical pigmentation, marrying Byzantine traditions with those of Western painting. Born in 1541, in either the village of Fodele or Candia on Crete, El Greco was descended from a prosperous urban family, driven out of Chania to Candia after an uprising against the Catholic Venetians between 1526 and 1528. El Greco's father, Geórgios Theotokópoulos, was a tax collector. Nothing is known about his mother or his first wife Greek. El Greco's older brother, Manoússos Theotokópoulos, was a wealthy merchant and spent the last years of his life in El Greco's Toledo home. El Greco received his initial training as an icon painter of the Cretan school, a leading center of post-Byzantine art.

In addition to painting, he studied the classics of ancient Greece, the Latin classics also. Candia was a center for artistic activity where Eastern and Western cultures co-existed harmoniously, where around two hundred painters were active during the 16th century, had organized a painters' guild, based on the Italian model. In 1563, at the age of twenty-two, El Greco was described in a document as a "master", meaning he was a master of the guild and operating his own workshop. Three years in June 1566, as a witness to a contract, he signed his name in Greek as μαΐστρος Μένεγος Θεοτοκόπουλος σγουράφος. Most scholars believe that the Theotokópoulos "family was certainly Greek Orthodox", although some Catholic sources still claim him from birth. Like many Orthodox emigrants to Catholic areas of Europe, some assert that he may have transferred to Catholicism after his arrival, practiced as a Catholic in Spain, where he described himself as a "devout Catholic" in his will; the extensive archival research conducted since the early 1960s by scholars, such as Nikolaos Panayotakis, Pandelis Prevelakis and Maria Constantoudaki, indicates that El Greco's family and ancestors were Greek Orthodox.

One of his uncles was an Orthodox priest, his name is not mentioned in the Catholic archival baptismal records on Crete. Prevelakis goes further, expressing his doubt that El Greco was a practicing Roman Catholic. Important for his early biography, El Greco, still in Crete, painted his Dormition of the Virgin near the end of his Cretan period before 1567. Three other signed works of "Doménicos" are attributed to El Greco. In 1563, at the age of twenty-two, El Greco was an enrolled master of the local guild in charge of his own workshop, he left for Venice a few years and never returned to Crete. His Dormition of the Virgin, of before 1567 in tempera and gold on panel was created near the end of El Greco's Cretan period; the painting combines post-Byzantine and Italian Mannerist stylistic and iconographic elements, incorporates stylistic elements of the Cretan School. It was natural for the young El Greco to pursue his career in Venice, Crete having been a possession of the Republic of Venice since 1211.

Though the exact year is not clear, most scholars agree that El Greco went to Venice around 1567. Knowledge of El Greco's years in Italy is limited, he lived in Venice until 1570 and, according to a letter written by his much older friend, the greatest miniaturist of the age, Giulio Clovio, was a "disciple" of Titian, by in his eighties but still vigorous. This may mean he worked in Titian's large studio, or not. Clovio characterized El Greco as "a rare talent in painting". In 1570, El Greco moved to Rome, where he executed a series of works marked by his Venetian apprenticeship, it is unknown how long he remained in Rome, though he may have returned to Venice before he left for Spain. In Rome, on the recommendation of Giulio Clovio, El Greco was recei

5th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment

The 5th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment was an Infantry Regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The Regiment was known as the "Duryea's Zouaves." The regiment had two uniforms during its time. The first uniform consisted of a medium blue zouave jacket with red trimming, a grey shirt, a red sash with sky blue trimming, red chasseur trousers with yellow piping, a red fez with a yellow tassel, a white turban; the second and official uniform consisted of a dark blue zouave jacket with red trimmings in the Hawkin Zouave design, a dark blue zouave vest with red trimming, baggy red trousers, a red sash with sky blue trimming,a red fez with a yellow tassel, a white turban. The 5th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment was organized as a Battalion of four Companies with men from the old 5th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, "Duryea's Zouaves." As with other Veteran Volunteer Regiments organizing in New York City from June to October 1863, the Regiment was completed by consolidating the 31st and 37th New York Veteran Regiments which were trying to organize into the one Regiment.

The consolidated Battalion was mustered into United States service on October 14, 1863, at New York City, New York, under the command of Colonel Cleveland Winslow, for three years service. This small battalion was increased during the war by the consolidation of the Veterans from the 12th New York and the 14th Brooklyn Infantry Regiments whose terms of service had not expired when those regiments were mustered out of service in 1864. On October 27, 1863, the Battalion left from New York City, New York, moved to Washington, D. C. arriving there within a few days. Upon arrival they were assigned as part of the garrison of the town of Alexandria, under the XXII Corps in the Department of Washington, they would serve in the defenses of this area until May 1864, when they received orders to join the Army of the Potomac as part of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, V Corps, however they were shortly thereafter transferred to the 1st Brigade of the 2nd Division of the same Corps, with this Brigade would serve until June 1865.

The Regiment was engaged in the Battles around Cold Harbor from May 31 to June 12, continuing in the advance of the Army of the Potomac against Richmond and Petersbury they found themselves engaged in the siege of the latter place from June 16, 1864, until April 2, 1865. During the Siege they took part in the operations against Weldon Railroad in June and August 1864, the engaged at Poplar Springs Church from September 29 to October 2, in the actions near Hatchers Run in late October 1864. From February 5 to 7, 1865, they were engaged again in the Hatcher's Run area, it was during this time that on June 2, 1864, the members of the 12th New York and 14th Brooklyn Regiments were merged into the Regiment, the 12th becoming Companies F and E, the 14th Companies G, H, I, & K. From March 28 until April 9, 1865, the Regiment was engaged in the closing operations between the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia. On March 29, 30, 31st, they were engaged along the White Oak Road, before taking part in the assault upon the Confederate forces at Five Forks on April 1.

This assault forced the fall of Petersburg, the ensuing pursuit of the Confederate Army to Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. On April 9, 1865, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia surrendered to the Army of the Potomac. With the surrender of the Confederate forces the Regiment marched back to Washington, D. C. in May 1865, on May 23, 1865, they took part in the Grand Review of the Armies of the United States in Washington. In May 1865 the Regiment moved to Hart's Island, New York, where they finished out the remainder of their service, it was during this time that several men from the 140th, 185th, 189th Infantry Regiments whose terms had not expired were transferred to the Regiment to finish out their terms of service. On August 21, 1865, the Regiment was mustered out of United States service at Hart's Island, New York; the regiment suffered the following casualties during its service: Killed In Action: 7 Officers, 49 Enlisted Died of Wounds: 4 Officers, 24 Enlisted Died of Disease and other causes: 86 Enlisted Total: 11 Officers and 159 Enlisted Men.

Colonel Cleveland Winslow Colonel Frederick Winthrop List of New York Civil War regiments Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York. For the Year 1899. Albany, New York: James B. Lyon State Printers, 1900. Official Army Register of the Volunteer Force of the United States Army for the years 1861, ’62, ’63, ’64, ’65. Adjutant Generals Office, United States Army, 1865 to 1867. 5th Veteran Infantry Regiment Civil War, NY Military Museum and Veterans Research Center Brian Pohanka's Work on the 5th New York Regiment Now Brought to Life, Civil War Trust

Nico Santucci

Nico Santucci, born Nicholas Joseph Santucci in Chicago, Illinois is an Italian-American restaurateur and designer. He is the founder and CEO of Black Door Global, a Los Angeles-based, real estate development and lifestyle company, Elite Management Services, which includes restaurant and commercial food processing and real estate divisions. Santucci is a philanthropist, having raised funds for Safenest, a Las Vegas charity helping abused women and children. Santucci's Italian-American family immigrated to the United States from Italy, he was raised in Chicago, where he attended high school. He moved to Los Angeles, his first entrepreneurial venture was as a teen, when he purchased a fleet of 40 decommissioned taxicabs for $100 a piece from Yellow Cab Company of Chicago, Illinois. He painted and repaired them to working condition and sold them for $1,500. Santucci entered the world of real estate by diversifying his assets into real estate holdings, beginning with the Parisian Palace, a mansion he designed not only as a home but as a venue for parties and events.

He designed and built the rock star-themed ultra lounge Black Door, Venus and C2K at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. Cafe Moda and the Lynx lounge were two other properties Santucci owned. Nico Santucci has secured and maintained two Italian restaurants in Las Vegas, Nevada called Capo's Italian Restaurants. Capo's is mob-themed restaurant and bar. One source refers to Santucci as owner. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Santucci started The Elite Limousine company with one car and growing to 14 vehicless within two years; the limo company moved from Newport Beach to Beverly Hills in 1995. He sold the company to a Japanese corporation. Santucci decided to invest in real estate, where he bought and renovated mansions, he remodeled 11 mansions in Los Angeles, including Mansion 11, Penthouse 28. Santucci purchased and sold the Red Rock Mansion in Las Vegas, he purchased a 14,000 square foot majestic French castle on Palmyra road in 2004. He redesigned the castle to resemble a 17th-century Versailles palace which became known as the world famous Parisian palace with 21 rooms.

He added another 5,000 square feet to the property. He designed the Sultan Lounge, Lynx Lounge, Zen Mansion, Capo's Tropicana, Moulin Rouge, Capo's Sahara, he opened the Black Door Bar and Grill. On October 20, 2011, Santucci and his Elite Management Services acquired the "Capone Family Secret" trademark and company located in Cicero, IL, from Dominic Capone and Trademark Trustee Desiree Alonzo. Capo's Capone Family Secret from his family's secret recipes were made into a line of Italian canned and bottled home food products. Nico Santucci - Life By His Rules via Strip LV Magazine Celebrity Interview: Nico Santucci via Glass Of Bubbly Magazine The Aviator: An Exclusive Look at Nico Santucci's New Luxe Yacht via Luxe in a City 10 Lessons Vegas Magnate @NicoSantucci Taught Me by @ClinkAndChat via She Owns It *Clink, Chat & Catch Up!* w/ Nico Santucci! Via Bubbly Talk Radio Network Nico Santucci of Black Door Global via Restaurant Unstoppable Paris Las Vegas ovia Las Vegas Sun Las Vegas Weekly Counter Intelligence via Las Vegas Weekly Las Vegas Sun News Photos of Nico Santucci's Parisian Palace via Las Vegas Sun Las Vegas Weekly News Photos of Nico Santucci's Parisian Palace via Las Vegas Weekly Nico Santucci via Vegas Talk Radio Las Vegas Around the Clock Capone's Family Secret via About the Town Nico Santucci on IMDb