Refugees leave their ruined town in Belgium, after it had been bombed by the Germans, carrying what little of their personal belongings they managed to salvage, on May 19, 1940.
Source: The Atlantic
Albert Ciamberlani (1864-1956) - Le paradis terrestre
German troops are seen as they march into Brugge, Belgium, on May 6, 1940, during the invasion of the Low Countries in World War II. (AP Photo)
VEEN, Otto van
Flemish painter (b. 1556, Leiden, d. 1629, Bruxelles)
Distribution of Herring and White Bread during the Siege of Leiden
Oil on panel, 40 x 60 cm
Flemish painter. From c. 1575 to c. 1580 he was in Italy where he was a pupil of Federico Zuccaro, and after working in various places in Germany and Flanders he settled in Antwerp in 1592. He was an uninspired Mannerist painter, but he had a successful career by modelling his work on Italian masters such as Correggio and Parmigianino (The Mystic Marriage of St Catherine, Musées Royaux, Brussels, 1589). His love of Italian art and his scholarly inclinations (he often Latinized his name to Octavio Vaenius) must have been appreciated by Rubens, who had his final training in van Veen’s studio. It was also van Veen who advised Rubens to go to Italy in 1600.
The artist depicts a scene which occurred on 3 October 1574 after the Water Beggars raised the siege of Leiden during the revolt against Spanish in the Netherlands.
(1) Detail from Virgilius Bononiensis’ historic map of Antwerp
(2) Complete map of Antwerp by Virgilius Bononiensis,1565, Museum Plantin Moretus, Antwerpen.
James Ensor (right) with Albert Einstein (left)
”That’s Einstein on the far left, Ensor, in the black hat, on the right. In August of that year, the German Jewish philosopher Theodore Lessing had been murdered by the Nazis in Czechoslovakia, where he had fled for his safety. Einstein and his wife, traveling in Southern California, got wind that their home in Germany had been ransacked. Belgium seemed a safe enough place to stop and think what to do. King Albert provided a little villa at De Haan, and the Belgians did everything possible to make Einstein welcome. That included arranging a luncheon with James Ensor. As befits a man likely wondering what new alliances might save his life, Einstein is engaged, leaning into the group. Ensor, whom the camera always set apart from any others present, leans back, almost ceremonially displaying the large bony hands that had for decades done nothing but knot cravats and noodle on the harmonium. If the two visionaries had a conversation amounting to more than pleasantries, it was not transcribed, but much Belgian speculation has gone into making it a substantive affair.”