The realism of the color in this painting is such that if you blur your eye while looking at it, you will find it a convincing depiction of the raw nature of the scene. It will match what you see when you actually go to the beach on a day like this, and also blur your eye.
This fall the San Francisco Opera revived its 1997 production of Rigoletto. Featuring Michael Yeargan's handsome sets (inspired by Giorgio de Chirico) and Constance Hoffman's impressive period costumes, the opera has been double cast to gain maximum stage time.
Whether you like them or not, there is simply no way to ignore the Gods and Muses that we inherited from the ancient world. Splendid in their nakedness, aware of their beauty and power, they can befriend, seduce or even destroy us, mere human mortals, in the blink of an eye.