went to a live sports event for the first time in like 10 years


Xavier Mellery (Belgian, 1845-1921), The Doors. Oil on canvas


Bernat López Piquer - Portrait of José María Díez de Aznar (1832)


Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres - Portrait of Madame Antonia de Vaucay nee de Nittis (1807)


Hugo van der Goes, Portinari Altarpiece: Detail of Praying Angels (Center Panel), c. 1473-1478


Margarita Theresa in Theatrical Costume (detail) | Jan Thomas | 1667


Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio - Sette opere di Misericordia (The Seven Works of Mercy), c. 1607


Ulysses and the Sirens - Leon Auguste Adolphe Belly


Detail of Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine (1490)


Gaetano Gandolfi, 1734-1802

Orpheus and Eurydice, oil on canvas, 81,5×62,5 cm



Ivan Nikitin - Portrait of Count Gavriil Golovkin (1720)


Medieval Gold Hart Signet Ring, 15th century

The surname Hart (or le Hart, Harte, Hartman, etc.) is of medieval origin and derives from the frequent use in this period of nicknames that give a punning allusion. The nickname ‘hart’ comes from the pre-7th century ‘heorot’ and would suggest that the bearer is fleet of foot. Such gold rings were most likely not worn directly on the flesh of a finger but rather would have habitually been worn over a leather glove by a member of the nobility and probably reserved for wear on important social or ceremonial occasions.

This is a substantial finger ring with D-section hoop shoulders decorated with diagonal scrolling bands, the concave portions ornamented with five-petaled pansies and foliage, expanding shoulders; the circular bezel bearing the cut signet seal design of a hart (stag) couchant with large antlers, collared and chained with a three-petaled lily with leaves in the field each side, with black letter ‘ht’ monogram below being a punning abbreviation of the name Hart.


Lion Hunt by Peter Paul Rubens