Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Great Piece of Turf, 1503

One of my long time favourites as far as artists is concerned has been Albrecht Duerer. He was born in Nuremburg (Nuernburg) on May 21, 1471 and died on April 6, 1528. His father, a goldsmith, came from the Hungarian town of Ajtosi. The name Duerer is taken from the Hungarian town's name. Ajtos means "door" in Hungarian. When Albrecht Duerer the Elder came to Nuremburg, he used the name "Thuerer" which means "Thuermacher" or "doormaker" in German.

Amongst the many paintings Duerer (the younger) was known for, "the Great Piece of Turf" or "Das Grosse Rasenstueck" in German, was one of them. This piece was painted in watercolour and opaque in 1503 at a time when no one had painted anything as insignificant as a piece of turf complete with grasses, dandelion, pimpernel and plantain. This was entirely new in art at this time. The 41 x 31.5 cm work is to be found in the Graphische Sammlung Albertina in Vienna, Austria.

Duerer was a painter, graphic artist, mathematician and art theorist at a great time in the flowering of modern Europe. This renaisance brought an end to the dark ages and brought forth a new age of enlightenment. Something to remember! - Volker

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