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  1. Egon Schiele

    Wasn't he a Dutchman? Either way, both of them were guided by their own demons.
  2. Egon Schiele

    As young students of architecture in the early seventies of the last century we admired Gustav Klimt. Then we discovered Schiele and Wittgenstein, and after that nothing was the same again. Thanks for this brief essay that gave me back the memories. Regarding rotten sunflower I would not give much importance - it's just Schiele's way of interpreting reality. And regarding "abject nonsense", let's put it this way: If Cremona was a field where Van Gogh's' sunflowers were blossoming, there was other fields where sunflowers seems to be somehow rotten, but not less worth of attention. You are doing a great job explaining this on your unique way.
  3. Secrets in the wood (Stradivari's maple)

    But I'm serious and I seriously think Bruce Tai's research isn't a circular logic, which means that I'm serious, and because I'm serious (and because Carl also claims so) it's not a circular logic.
  4. Secrets in the wood (Stradivari's maple)

    Yes, it's not a circular logic, nor chasing own tail.
  5. Secrets in the wood (Stradivari's maple)

    Just as a reminder, Brancacci neck was thoroughly discussed here:
  6. Rachel Barton Pine plays Happy Birthday

    Very good. Here is a complete list of variations (stolen from one comment on OP video ): After the theme, there are 14 variations in the styles of various classical composers and popular musical styles, as follows: (0:25) Variation I – J.S. Bach; (1:09) Variation II – Joseph Haydn; (2:20) Variation III – W. A. Mozart; (3:01) Variation IV – Beethoven; (4:13) Variation V – Robert Schumann; (5:12) Variation VI – Johannes Brahms; (6:13) Variation VII – Richard Wagner; (8:01) Variation VIII – Antonin Dvořák; (8:43) Variation IX – Max Reger; (9:55) Variation X – im Wienerischen Stil; (11:01) Variation XI – im Stil von Filmmusik; (12:08) Variation XII – im Jazz-Stil (Ragtime); (12:56) Variation XIII – im Stil von Tanzmusik (Tango); (14:03) Variation XIV – im Ungarischen Stil (czardas). You have won the consolation prize – Variations on a “Birthday Theme” performed by famous duo, Niccolo Paganini and Henryk Wieniawski.
  7. Rachel Barton Pine plays Happy Birthday

    Who is for quiz? VARIATION I - Bach, VARIATION II - ....
  8. Identification of approximately 200 year old violin

    I'm just watching this "Beans and more beans" video and prepare myself for the new round of counting - deciphering the rest of writing on that piece of rag. Care to join me? P.S. Gerard, apology for highjacking your thread and greetings from Croatia.
  9. Identification of approximately 200 year old violin

    Sorry but cannot see any "s" in original text, so it seems that "Erbsentheorie" don't keep the water. But yes, all this has nothing with origin of an old violin. OTOH, when and where else one could find out such interesting little things about Rochwitz or Wolfardus de Erpendorff? Hope you woudn't mind a little joke?
  10. Identification of approximately 200 year old violin

    Of course, dear Jacob, I'm old enough to know THAT. But when managed to decipher this riddle (did I?), I was so excited and proud that I flew to the sky like a ski jumper and immediately googled Erpendorff. The only one was that in Kitzbuhl. In my blind happiness I forgot that Google still don't have all answers. It is said that morning is smarter then evening so now I'm offering other possibility; a small German town in province Tirschenreuth (Bayern) called Erbendorf. As the former of the city in documents is mentioned Count Wolfardus de Erpendorff, so probably Erpendorff was the name of the city in the past. This Erb(p)endorf(f) isn't exactly a "footwalk from Markneukirchen" (like B.F. expected), but definitely is much closer then Kitzbuhl. If even this don't satisfy, I am ready to continue this pointless research.
  11. Identification of approximately 200 year old violin

    B.F. the fist reason why I took a part in this thread is because I like to decipher old writings. The second is that I have empathy for poor old things which suffer so much in their life. We all know that violin labels are not of great importance so it is to assume that the names of the places written on them are even less. Just for the record, I have never heard for Erpfendorf before, so I didn't write what I wished, but just wrote what I thought the label might say. I'm almost sure that the first letter is "E", which means that it is the first letter of the village name. The second letter undoubtedly is "r", somewhat overlaid with "E". Third is, I'm almost sure nothing but "p" and "f" is lost somewhere in the past, or just changed position and moved to the end of the word. I found Erpfendorf written also as Erpendorf, but in both cases with only one "f" on the end, so "ff" could be attributed to old writing. Aside the fact that all this tells nothing about the violin, in the case I am correct, one can ask himself how small unknown village in Kitzbuchel Alps like Erp(f)endorf(f) found place on the label in the old violin. Skiing wasn't so popular those days.
  12. Identification of approximately 200 year old violin

    This is "p" isn't it? And the label (it is ink I believe) looks pretty authentic.
  13. Identification of approximately 200 year old violin

    My guess would be Erpendorff. There is a place Erpfendorf (or Erpendorf) in North Tirol - in Kitzbuheler Alpen.
  14. Viola d'Amore check in, please?

    Stronger even than Hulk Hogan, egh? A little jealous, maybe?
  15. Viola d'Amore check in, please?

    No need for imagination, one paparazzo already recorded that moment...