Presented below is a slice of Toledo downtown. And as the saying goes…”You will do better in Toledo“.
Last evening I got a chance to be over the Maumee river at sunset and luckily I had my camera over my person. So here is the proof that I was there. 🙂
The blue and white vessel at the pier in the foreground is the Sandpiper which is a passenger vessel which has been plying over the Maumee since 1984.
Adorning the middle ground is the Cherry Street Bridge (officially called Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge). Built in 1914 it is actually a draw bridge; the blue part of the bridge, in the middle left of the photograph, opens up to allow big vessels to pass through.
And finally standing tall (pun intended) in the background is the cable-stayed Veterans’ Glass City Skyway.
What struck me (smack in my face) when I saw the painting Cleopatra and Caesar by Jean-Léon Gérôme was the eye-popping, jaw-dropping, drool-inducing beauty of Cleopatra. When I was done ogling at her I realized how prominently she is placed in the composition. Even the mighty Caesar (whom she is actually approaching for protection) is relegated to the darker background while Cleopatra seems to be dazzling in a 1000 watt limelight in the foreground.
The melancholy expression on her face, however, is in stark contrast with the alluring and powerfully enchanting body which she is in possession of. Her imploring gaze, full of entreaty is directed down at the table as if she is embarrassed to look directly at Caesar.
The original commission and the subsequent return by the French courtesan La Païva, the minor historical inaccuracy that arose out of the semantic change of the word “carpet” and other such trivial details about the painting can be gleaned later from the Wikipedia entry here. As of now get ready to be regaled in the sensuous beauty of Cleopatra…let the ogling begin!