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Michael Dahl

Michael Dahl was a Swedish portrait painter who lived and worked in England most of his career and died there. He was one of the most internationally known Swedish painters of his time, he painted portraits of many aristocrats and some members of royal families, such as Queen Anne of Great Britain, Prince George of Denmark and the exiled Queen Christina of Sweden. Michael Dahl was born in Stockholm, in 1656 or 1659: most of the sources point to 1659, his mother, Catarina Dahl, is assumed to have made many silent sacrifices to give Michael the opportunity of a good education, so that his talent was not to be wasted. According to letters written by Michael from Rome to his mother back in Sweden, she had raised him and his sister in an old-fashioned way and in the spirit of Christianity. At the age of at least 15 years, Dahl had to decide where he was going to study art, though the only options in Sweden at the time were an apprenticeship in the Painters' Guild or joining the Martin Hannibal and David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl group.

Michael Dahl received his first lessons in art in 1674 from the Hungarian-born drawing-master Martin Hannibal, requested to come to Sweden from Italy by the prominent Swedish painter David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl to aid him in the foundation of a portrait academy and to teach students and amateurs the first elements of painting. The Hannibal and Ehrenstrahl group consisted of a handful of students who were taught by Martin Hannibal and David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl. Since there were two teachers, the group was divided; the students were first under the leadership of Hannibal to learn the basics of painting, if they showed skill, they had the chance of being picked out to continue their study with Ehrenstrahl. This would suggest that Ehrenstrahl was a better painter than Hannibal, whose talent is not assessed as none of his work has been identified; the only competition of the same league as the Hannibal and Ehrenstrahl group, was Martin Mijtens the Elder, who didn't settle in Stockholm until 1681 and was therefore not an option for Dahl in the mid-seventies.

The Painters' Guild wasn't an option for Dahl either, due to its lack of contemporary well-known artists as members. Thus Michael Dahl started to study in the Hannibal and Ehrenstrahl group in 1674. Though it isn't confirmed, there are assumptions that the teaching Dahl received from Hannibal was finished before they had permission from the authorities in Sweden to open a portrait academy. After his time with Hannibal, Dahl was one of the students who were allowed to continue with Ehrenstrahl as the teacher. From this fact it is easy to tell that Ehrenstrahl were pleased with Dahl as a student. In the group there were students of German origin and the ones contemporary with Dahl were Ludvig Weyandt, David von Krafft, David Richter the Elder, Hans Georg Mϋller, Andreas von Behn and Erik Utterhielm. On 30 July 1682, Dahl was issued a passport to be able to travel throughout Europe for the sake of his studies, his first destination on this educational journey was London. He was brought there by an English merchant called "Sowter".

It is probable that it was through this man that Dahl came in contact with the skilled engraver and painter Robert White. The earliest trace of Dahl's activity in England is a portrait of Samuel Clarke, which he copied from White's engraving the same year as it was made. White took Dahl under his wing in the world of painting in London; as a token of gratitude, Dahl aided White with valuable ideas when it came to engraving a portrait of the king of Sweden, Charles XI, employing his familiarity with the royal paintings Dahl had observed in the studio of Ehrenstrahl. White helped Dahl expand his network in London and he soon came in contact with the man, responsible for the greatest impact on his development, Godfrey Kneller. Kneller showed Dahl what the public wanted from artists, how they were going to get paid for their work, his studio was factory-like compared with David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl's, which Dahl's biographer Wilhelm Nisser terms "Ehrenstrahl's monopoly of glorifying Swedish Royalty".

In Kneller's studio, Dahl both studied and made a living and there he became acquainted with Henry Tilson. Tilson was from a respected family and had earlier studied under the Court portrait painter Sir Peter Lely, he was considered one of the most promising painters of Lely's pupils. Dahl and Tilson started to plan a journey around Europe to expand their studies, they were to go to Paris and Rome. Lack of documentation makes it impossible to determine when Michael Dahl and Henry Tilson left for Paris, but it is known that they were still working in Paris in April 1685. Paris at that time was a common objective for Swedish travelers. Dahl came in contact with the engraver Raimund Faltz and the Swedish soldier Carl Johan Königsmarck, who had his portrait painted by Dahl. Like many of the younger generation of French painters and Tilson decided to continue on to Venice Rome At that time, the Swedish queen Christina, who had abdicated to convert to Roman Catholicism, was living in Rome, she still had a strong bond to Sweden and its people and was helpful when it came to assisting Swedish artists in the city.

Therefore, the first thing Dahl did. He was able to get the audience, but Christina was only a link to the higher powers in the city, such as the Pope, so to get the assistance Dahl needed from Christina, Dahl had to convert to the Roman Catholic Church as she had done. After some persuasion he did, but the promises which were undoubtedly made to him were not withheld. At several occasions, Christina let Dahl paint her portrait and she was able to establish an opportunity for Dahl to show a specimen

David Maisel

David Maisel is an American film and Broadway producer, entertainment businessman and the architect of the self-financed and self-producing Marvel Studios. He is the executive producer of Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Angry Birds Movie. At the helm of Livent, Maisel won a Tony Award for Best Musical for Fosse. David Maisel was raised in New York, he graduated from Duke University and earned an MA from Princeton University. His first job was with Boston Consulting Group. Maisel joined Creative Artists Agency in 1994 as a corporate advisory agent working with Michael Ovitz, the agency's founder and CEO. Maisel assisted in Matsushita’s sale of entertainment conglomerate MCA/Universal to Seagram in 1995; when Ovitz joined Walt Disney Company as president in 1995, the company added Maisel as its Director of Corporate Development and Strategic Planning. When Ovitz left Disney he invited Maisel to plan his next venture. Ovitz acquired a minority stake in the largest publicly traded live-theater company and named Maisel President.

While at Livent, Maisel produced the Broadway show, which won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 1999. Maisel restructured the company and engineered the sale of Livent to SFX in 1999 for $100 to $110 million. From 1999 to 2001, Maisel was Managing Director of chello, Europe’s largest broadband-service provider. In 2001, Maisel joined Endeavor Talent Agency to lead its corporate strategy and business development efforts. In 2003, Maisel pitched Marvel Studios’ CEO and Chairman, Avi Arad and pitched CEO, Isaac Perlmutter, on his idea of Marvel financing and producing its own movies in a connected cinematic universe. Perlmutter hired Maisel as Marvel Studios’ President. To execute his plan, Maisel engineered a slate-structure financing to total $525 million. In 2005, Maisel was promoted to Vice Chairman of Marvel Studios and, in 2006, Maisel was elevated to the Office of the CEO of Marvel Entertainment. Maisel was promoted to Marvel Studios’ Chairman in 2007 and oversaw the launch of the first Iron Man franchise film in 2008.

In 2009, Maisel arranged the sale of Marvel to Disney for $4 billion. In 2015, Marvel and Disney recognized and thanked Maisel as the Founding Chairman of Marvel Studios in the credits of Avengers: Age of Ultron. In July 2011, Maisel was hired by Rovio Entertainment to lead its efforts to make an Angry Birds movie as Special Advisor and Executive Producer of The Angry Birds Movie; the film hit #1 for its opening weekend in May 2016 and grossed $350 million in worldwide box office receipts. In 2018, The New York Times reported that Maisel partnered with Scooter Braun to launch Mythos Studios, which acquired half of Aspen Comics. Along with its stake, Mythos holds the entertainment rights to Aspen's properties including the Fathom and Soulfire comic book series, both of which are in development at Mythos. In June 2018, Mythos cast Justin Bieber as voice talent in an animated film about mythological god, Cupid. Cupid is one film in a cinematic universe, termed Mythos Studios' "MythoVerse". Mythos is separately screenwriting for the "TurnerVerse", based on the work of comic writer, Michael Turner.

Fathom, part of the TurnerVerse, is being written by Kristin Gore. David Maisel on IMDb

Stung Sen Wildlife Sanctuary

Stung Sen is a protected multiple use management area and wildlife sanctuary in the Kampong Thom Province of Cambodia. It is located near the south-eastern tip of the Tonlé Sap, one of three wildlife sanctuaries around the lake, including Boeng Tonlé Chhmar and Prek Toal; the dominant vegetation of the Stung Sen is open deciduous dipterocarp forest and seasonal wetlands and grasslands. The forests in the region are flooded in the rainy season. In the dry season, water recedes, leaving water only in a few permanent watercourses like the Stung Sen river and its larger tributaries and in small pools; these water bodies support semi-evergreen forest and thick bamboo forests. Stung Sen provides habitats for a number of threatened species; the sarus crane and lesser adjutant breed here. Other globally threatened and near-threatened species like the giant ibis, white-shouldered ibis, greater adjutant, black-necked stork and grey-headed fish eagle have been recorded here; the sanctuary has been designated as a protected Ramsar site since 2018