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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010


A young Spanish woman in a mantilla, circa 1850. Engraving by A. H. Payne after L. Hicks.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Even more adorable!

Japanese Catholics attend a Mass following the death of Pope John Paul II at the Tokyo Cathedral on April 3, 2005 in Tokyo, Japan.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Watercolor of the world's first computer programer and her mantilla

 Watercolour portrait by Alfred Edward Chalon of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852),  wearing evening dress with a mantilla and holding a fan. 01 Jan 1840

"Augusta Ada King, was the daughter of the great Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788-1824). She was a writer and a trained mathematician. King acquired fame by working with Charles Babbage (1791-1871) on the world's first computer, the Analytical Engine, which could carry out many different types of calculations. She designed several computer programmes for the engine which were coded onto cards with holes punched in them - thus becoming the world's first computer programmer. The universally recognised computer language ADA is named after her."

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Another Goya

1800 Maria Luisa with mantilla by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Prado)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Queen Paola at a funeral in 2009

 King Albert II of Belgium and Queen Paola during the funeral ceremony of Prince Alexandre of Belgium. 
4 December 2009
Laken, Brussels.