Leshan Giant Buddha
Abandoned Palace in Lisbon, Portugal
Palace Silva Amado, Lisbon, Portugal. Built in the 1800s, when Brazilian gold made money easy in the metropole. The palace was known for its highly-decorated interiors and panels of tiles. The building was bought by the Portuguese state in 1928, who largely defaced and never renovated it. In the 2000s, after years of abandonment, the palace was bought by a real estate company, and the city approved a plan for partial demolition to give way to apartment units. Nothing has come through yet, though the tiles have all been sacked over the last few years.
So mesmerizing.. why would you wanna demolition any part
Harper’s Bazaar January 1957
Evelyn Tripp - Photo by Lillian Bassman
Anne Boleyn’s Book of Hours
Henry and the court regularly attended Mass in the royal chapel, sometimes more than once a day.
The King often used the time before the consecration to transact business but this manuscript shows him using a book of prayers to send a flirtatious message to Anne Boleyn instead. He wrote in French: ‘If you remember my love in your prayers as strongly as I adore you, I shall hardly be forgotten, for I am yours. Henry R. forever.’ Presenting himself as lovesick, he wrote his note on a page depicting the man of sorrows.
Anne replied with a couplet in English: ‘By daily proof you shall me find To be to you both loving and kind.’ And, with deliberate enticement, she chose to write her message below a miniature of the Annunciation, the angel telling the Virgin Mary that she would have a son.