Monday, April 28, 2008

Friday Tea - Tres de Mayo



Many others will celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year.

Due to an unfortunate scheduling error, that is not possible for us.

Thankfully, though, there's always "Tres de Mayo", which we'll be celebrating this Friday at 4:00.

JT will be sponsoring this Tea with a variety of cervezas.

Here's some history:

The Third of May 1808 (or El tres de mayo de 1808 en Madrid, [etc...]) is a painting completed in 1814 by the Spanish master Francisco Goya, now in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. Along with its companion piece of the same size, The Second of May 1808 (or The Charge of the Mamelukes), it was commissioned by the provisional government of Spain at Goya's suggestion. Goya sought to commemorate Spanish resistance to Napoleon's armies during the occupation of 1808.

The painting's content, presentation, and emotional force secure its status as a groundbreaking, archetypal image of the horrors of war. Although it draws on many sources in high and popular art, The Third of May 1808 marks a clear break from convention. Diverging from the traditions of Christian art and traditional depictions of war, it has no distinct precedent, and is acknowledged as one of the first paintings of the modern era.[3] According to the art historian Kenneth Clark, The Third of May 1808 is "the first great picture which can be called revolutionary in every sense of the word, in style, in subject, and in intention".[4]

The Third of May 1808 has inspired a number of other major paintings, including a series by Édouard Manet, and Pablo Picasso's Massacre in Korea and his masterpiece Guernica.


Next year, we celebrate "Uno de Mayo"...

4 Comments:

Blogger Adorable Girlfriend said...

One of these times -- are you going to invite AG?!

Mon Apr 28, 11:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Smashed said...

The invitation is open - we thought that you understood that...

Tue Apr 29, 07:42:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Adorable Girlfriend said...

Yay. Next time I am in the state -- AG is in!!!

Tue Apr 29, 08:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Smashed said...

Excellent!

Wed Apr 30, 07:40:00 AM EDT  

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