December 2nd, 2010

dark and stormy, reading

Fic: Trouble in the Turkish District

Fandom/Pairing: Community; Jeff/Annie, Britta/Troy
Spoilers: None
Rating/Warnings: PG-13 for mild profanity, mentions of torture, and violence
Word Count: ~4,500
Disclaimer: Community and the related characters are © 2010 Sony Pictures Television Inc. and Universal Media Studios.
Notes: Based (somewhat loosely) on moeexyz's Ficcy Friday prompt "Jeff Winger is a private detective asked by Troy Barnes to investigate the murder of his lover Britta in the Turkish district. He enlists the help of PI in training Annie Edison as they discover the mastermind behind the murder of Britta Perry." Thanks as always to dearygirl for her willingness to be my beta reader and her keen eye for and intolerance of typos and sloppy writing.

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Christmas, Advent

Advent Art: Sistine Madonna

Raphael (1483–1520)
Sistine Madonna, 1513-14
Oil on canvas
Sistine Madonna
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden

With a name like Sistine Madonna, you might expect to find this work in the Sistine Chapel. And that would make a lot of sense, because Raphael was Italian and many of his best works can be found in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City, but in fact this painting is in Germany. Go figure. (Its name comes from the Monastery of San Sisto in Piacenza, which commissioned the painting.)

This is certainly one of the most familiar works by Raphael, not so much for the Madonna and Child at its center or for the portraits of Saint Sixtus (San Sisto in Italian; see how this all ties together?) and Saint Barbara flanking them, but for the cherubs at the bottom, which have been reproduced on everything from stamps to condom wrappers. I might venture to say that the cherubs in and of themselves are the most famous things Raphael ever painted.

Previous Advent posts:

2003: People Look East
2004: The Virgin and Child with the Monkey
2005: A Merry Christmas
2006: Project began Dec. 3
2007: Adoration of the Christ Child
2008: All Alone on Christmas
2009: As Joseph Was A-Walking

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By the way

If anyone has gone back to look at my previous Advent posts and tried to download the songs I posted in 2008, you failed. I am aware that the links don't work, and I will get around to fixing them, but not right now because I have to leave for choir rehearsal in a matter of minutes. Probably tomorrow. Sorry for the inconvenience