Great art has dreadful manners. The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to rearrange your sense of reality. (The Power of Art, Simon Schama)
In 1945 American animator Walt Disney and Catalan painter Salvador Dalí began production on a collaborative short, Destino (direct link), featuring music by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez performed by Dora Luz.
It would only be completed and released in 2003, 58 years later, by Walt Disney’s grandson, using both traditional and computerised animation.
This is no ordinary hedgehog. The bestiary (book of beasts) this little guy inhabits describes the imaginative way this hedgehog gathers fruits. He spears grapes with his spikes and rolls through the vine, collecting more and more as he goes. Moral of the story? Care for your spiritual truths, or the devil may carry them off.
A Hedgehog (detail), Franco-Flemish, about 1270. Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum
“To Helena, foster daughter, the incomparable and worthy soul.”
Was Helena a favorite pet or beloved family member? This grave relief is unusual in size and specificity for one made for an animal, but the lack of human representation with the pet does make us wonder—maybe this was one special dog? The pup depicted is certainly well-nourished, appears to have had a litter in her lifetime, and has a face that says “I love you too, dear master!”