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Lenovo IdeaCentre A740

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A740 is an all-in-one desktop computer with a 27-inch touchscreen released by Lenovo in 2014. The A740 has a 27-inch frameless glossy screen with a resolution of up to 2560x1440 and capacitive ten-finger touch technology; the A740's screen is only 0.15" at its thinnest point. The screen is anchored by a base which includes most of the unit's hardware and all of its ports, the mount allows adjusting the angle from 90 degrees down to -5 degrees – one example use is as a "chess board"; the A740 uses a quad-core Intel Core-i7 processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM, a 1-terabyte Solid State Hybrid Drive with an 8GB SSD part. There is no optical drive in the machine itself, but a USB DVD burner is given as a standard accessory along with the USB keyboard and mouse. Ports include ethernet, HDMI, combined audio jack for headphones/microphone, four USB 3.0 connections and a 6-in-1 card reader. The A740's ability to accept HDMI input allows for using the screen with external devices. An internal TV-tuner is optional.

In a review published by Techaeris, Alex Hernandez wrote "Overall the A740 scores a 4.3 out of 5 here. There are some great things about just a few things that need improvement; the hardware and design are great on this machine, Lenovo has been doing some awesome things in that department. The display is a high point as well and the price and value is right up there and competes with Apple’s iMac". Product page on Lenovo.com

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon was a French Romantic painter and draughtsman best known for his allegorical paintings and portraits such as Madame Georges Anthony and Her Two Sons. Notably, he painted a portrait of each of Napoleon's two wives, he was an early influence on Théodore Géricault. Pierre-Paul Prud ` hon was born in Saône-et-Loire, France, he received his artistic training in the French provinces and went to Italy when he was twenty-six years old to continue his education. On his return to Paris, he found work decorating some private mansions, his work for wealthy Parisians led him to be held in high esteem at Napoleon's court. His painting of Josephine portrays her not as an Empress, but as a lovely, attractive woman, which led some to think that he might have been in love with her. After the divorce of Napoleon and Josephine, he was employed by Napoleon' s second wife Marie-Louise. Prud'hon was at times influenced by Neo-classicism, at other times by Romanticism. Appreciated by other artists and writers such as Stendhal, Delacroix and Baudelaire for his chiaroscuro and convincing realism, he is most famous for his Crucifixion, which he painted for St. Etienne's Cathedral in Metz.

Crucifixion now hangs in the Louvre. The young Théodore Géricault had painted copies of work by Prud'hon, whose "thunderously tragic pictures" include his masterpiece and Divine Vengeance Pursuing Crime, where oppressive darkness and the compositional base of a naked, sprawled corpse anticipate Géricault's painting The Raft of the Medusa. O'Neill, J, ed.. Romanticism & the school of nature: nineteenth-century drawings and paintings from the Karen B. Cohen collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Europe in the age of enlightenment and revolution, a catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries, which contains material on Prud'hon Crucifixion at Web Gallery of Art Pierre-Paul Prud’hon: Napoleon’s Draughtsman at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London