Today I had the absolute pleasure of taking in the Victorian Obsession exhibition at the stunning Leighton House Museum in Holland Park in London. This exceptional exhibition featuring works by Albert Moore, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais, John William Waterhouse, Edward Poynter, John Strudwick, John William Godward culminates in a spectacular finale featuring Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s breathtaking The Roses of Heliogabalus showcased in a room where the scent of roses is diffused throughout.
I felt incredibly taken with the beauty of the portrayal of the scene playing out on the canvas juxtaposed against its very dark subject matter featuring people being drowned in rose petals.
Although photography is strictly forbidden throughout the museum, I could not resist sneaking just one little snap of this very moving piece…
The Roses of Heliogalabus, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1888
Detail from Two Girls Embracing (Two Friends), 1915
Two Girls Embracing (Two Friends), 1915
Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude is available to view at the Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA until 18th January 2015. Tickets can be purchased in advance here or at the door upon arrival.
In Autumn 1946 Charles “Lucky” Luciano in Naples, Italy due to an enforced deportation from the United States, received two passports with visas issue for Mexico, Cuba, and several other South American Nations. In October he set off for Caracas, Venezuela, Mexico City and finally Havana, where he was greeted by his friend Meyer Lansky upon arrival.
Luciano immediately set to work to organise a conference for the week of 22nd December that would bring together La Cosa Nostra, consisting of some of the most prominent mafia leaders in America from New York and New Jersey, Chicago, Buffal, New Orleans and Tampa, and the Jewish Syndicate. After purchasing a $150,000 interest in the Hotel Nacional, a casino and hotel owned by Lansky and his partner, Cuban President Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar, the Havana Conference was set.