"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Best Girl of the Day Ever!

It's a holy day of obligation, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.   The greatest painting to commemorate the Assumption is undoubtedly this one by Titian:


It hangs over the altar in Venice's Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari:

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