Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day edition: famous couples

"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction." (I'm counting the Prince and his Rose as a couple.) The image below comes from an exhibition at the Morgan Library in New York of drawings by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry for The Little Prince.
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
I can't stop looking at the marvelous image below. I wonder how large the couple actually is? The photo by Hasan Baglar is from the shortlist for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
Charles Wuorinen's new opera based on Annie Proulx's short story "Brokeback Mountain" will be free to watch on Medici TV for the following 90 days. Reviewing the first night of the debut production from Madrid's Teatro Real, the New York Times called it "a serious work, an impressive achievement." Below are the clothes worn by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in the film, as displayed in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' Hollywood Costume exhibit.

Other famous couples? Well, Antony & Cleopatra (and Cleopatra and Caesar!) come to mind. If you've ever wanted to sort out the merit from malarkey in the myths that have arisen about the Queen of the Nile, then we highly recommend Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff. Below are Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the 1963 film and taking a break on the set.
The twice-married couple make an appearance in the dishy photo book Weddings and Movie Stars as well!


  1. St. Exupery and his wife had a more complicated relationship. Reports had it that Consuelo was the model for the rose--needy, and a mistress of the passive-aggressive, but hard-edged where Antoine was soft.
    While they stayed in separate rooms in NYC, Antoine spent a lot of time fattening the local pigeon population, which may be an indication of the state of affairs, along with why he chose to represent his love by an object that could not embrace, nor give voice to human warmth.

    1. Electrical genius Nikola Tesla loved taking care of the pigeons outside his NYC hotel room as well. (See #4 and #5, here.) One of them even flew into his room (he felt it was coming to talk to him), with dramatic results.

    2. gioconda (Hi, RPS!)February 14, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      The ancient Romans believed that a wild bird flying into the house meant that the owner of the house would soon move. According to the Tesla Universe website, Tesla did soon quit the St. Regis hotel, leaving behind a rather large bill. (No pun intended).