Above, detail of De zeeslag bij Livorno, 14 maart 1653, a pen painting by Willem van de Velde I of the Battle of Livorno. The painting, in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, is over one metre high by over a metre and a half wide, and is entirely rendered in pen and ink lines too fine to see even in the high resolution view available on their website.
More art and war in the tweets below the fold.
Elizabeth Wittelsbach, vagabond melancholy blindpony.blogspot.com/2011/10/vagabo… But not an ice pick, a file for filing eyes of needles: t.co/yTEDkAG4
Retrofuture Japan. Like limited colour red & green pix: train, ball-wheel car in lovely landscapes t.co/guEOUhLP via @CharleyParkerLC
Scylla with castanets, and other collage creatures by Hugo Horita RT @BibliOdyssey Fridapus & friends theanimalarium.blogspot.com/2011/10/strang…
The irritating Ali Salebi still insist that all Libyan Jews have ?? Loyalties & their fate should be determined later not now. #BBCarabic
A Libyan writer Ahmad Rahal call 4 re- educating Libyans in order 2 build new multicultural society & re-accept back the Jews. #BBCarabic
humanprovince Sean Lee
BBC Arabic on Tunisian and Libyan Jews. NTC says Libyan Jews shouldn't return until "later" & Tunisian writer says they shouldn't come back.
humanprovince Sean Lee
BBC showing anti-Jewish mob at Tunisian synogogue. Shameful shit.
Persepolis protest #Tunisia t.co/lePUhi8B Islamist party deny they attacked home of TV head ow.ly/6Ykf6 via @themoornextdoor
Mark Sedwill UK envoy Afghanistan & Pakistan “We have not communicated that long-term commitment sufficiently” blogs.channel4.com/world-news-blo… - @jrug
jrug Jonathan Rugman
Afghanistan rose-tinted specs come off at last - The most senior British diplomat working on Afghanistan has given ... ht.ly/1f8Zuu
Battle of Terheide, more sailing ships rendered large scale in insanely fine pen and ink, engraving style NOT wash. rijksmuseum.nl/aria/aria_asse…
Battle of Livorno, pen painting, Willem van de Velde I - even extra big online image can't convey his v. fine pen lines rijksmuseum.nl/aria/aria_asse…
Draw, draw, draw, draw. Ahh, better.
normblog Norman Geras
New post: A meaningless exercise in Libya (according to Simon Tisdall). bit.ly/oQdtzC
Tisdall's West-centricism: #Libya NFZ "first voiced by Australia's Kevin Rudd". 1st of West leaders maybe, but earlier: thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/02/…
@PeterRisdon Like a papier maché mush of Libya opinion pieces. Funny that partial dissent by Germany = Nato split "down the middle"!
Tis all about 'the West' guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/… MT @DAaronovitch S Tisdall's epic weasel re #Libya in this am's Guardian takes my breath away.
From the Chaudron blog archive, Seascapes - Photos by Gustave Le Gray: chaudron.blogspot.com/2010/10/seasca…
Catching up @50WattsDotCom in Sept. Feodor Rojankovsky illustrations "Scaf le Phoque".Scroll down to steamer & icebergs t.co/UJTDVVf4
The pirate origins of the US Navy: …inespiratesandprivateers.blogspot.com/2011/10/ships-…
leifpeng Leif Peng
Illustrating too much can KILL YOU! Case in point: bit.ly/nxP33x
abuaardvark Marc Lynch
RT @blakehounshell: Daniel Serwer says Libya is the fastest postwar recovery he has ever witnessed t.co/dFEGSCtN
Live tweets of #Egypt #Maspero massacre press conference now from @Sarahcarr "Magda: we don't know how many bodies were thrown in the Nile"
Danish secret weapon - a flying submarine. From the Dieselpunk archive: dieselpunks.blogspot.com/2008/07/danish…
hudduh Huda A
#Libya: Belhaj denies receiving unauthorised weapons. But if the NTC didn't fund him then who did? t.co/UUIU7rQI
Attacks on Sufi shrines in #Libya blamed on Salafist Islamic fundamentalists - A.P. t.co/1aLagyaw via @NewsInLibya
#libya Libyan-Irish commander resigns as deputy head of Tripoli military council: THE LIBYAN-IRISH commander who... t.co/PzqpvdHS
Terrorism, buses, and allergies RT @beleidy New blog post – Don't let the bad guys get to you! t.co/rykgx3rY
Took t.co/Y9ASZmZd books to @theoakstudio Hampstead today, also screen prints, Velázquez princes & princesses: sadiethepilot.com/samples/cake_v…
fieldproducer Neal MannIf you are keeping across the Shalit prisoner exchange then @pdanahar is a must follow
Big news from my dad - @novoform are the new exclusive distributor for his 1970s modernist design classic t.co/ucy1sBci - all change!
Took screen prints to eenymeenykids.co.uk in Tufnell Park, two of Goya's young women with cakes sadiethepilot.com/samples/cake_g… & sadiethepilot.com/samples/cake_g…
MideastChannel Mideast Channel
Sandmonkey Mahmoud Salem
Found @ramyyaacoub videotaping, he & others took videos of all the killing that took place. Gun shots were echoing around us. #maspero
abuaardvark Marc Lynch
RT @Nervana_1: peaceful demo, then army walks over them, death & chaos, state TV blame Copts only, goodbye #jan25 #Egypt
Sandmonkey Mahmoud Salem
We head out in a cab, the driver was telling us how the evil copts were killling the army, fought with him & walked on foot towards #maspero
"17 dead" RT @ahramonline Protest against persecution of #Copts in #Egypt attacked with bloody force t.co/lneBsmO3 via @ahramonline
More Terry Glavin - @PeterTatchell & #Afghanistan "Trafalgar Sq 'Anti-War' Rally: Report From A True Radical Activist" transmontanus.blogspot.com/2011/10/from-t…
Thanks for the #ff to @ianarchiebeck - and here's a pelican and pals for the scrapbook: t.co/1xPJMR1j Bigger: rijksmuseum.nl/images/aria/sk…
"Go, find Peter, and stand with him. He will need friends." Terry Glavin on @PeterTatchell and #Afghanistan - t.co/TBp7UodT
See Terry Glavin's had enough Twitter Hackenspammers and is gone. Tweet archive: t.co/KFimCV5I Long form Terry: transmontanus.blogspot.com
Took Sadie the Air Mail Pilot books & cards to eenymeenykids.co.uk in Tufnell Park today. Rest of the world, try here: sadiethepilot.com
"Anti-imperialism cannot be allowed to trump human rights" t.co/vNgP3ywD by @PeterTatchell - via @MrPaulStott
PeterRisdon Peter Risdon
RT@Jemima_Khan Here's why we should get out of Afghanistan now by @ns_mehdihasan bit.ly/r1Xhv6 << Another not-a-sister. @kelliestrom
In Amsterdam I found The Otherist, wunderkammer on Leliegracht t.co/tzFJdrZl now selling my sea monster prints: t.co/DRAIBNyc
linnaeusboeken Linnaeus Boekhandel
Beste mensen, jullie hebben toch wel allemaal gisteren het #ZeemansABC van @nienkedenekamp en @kelliestrom uit het Parool geknipt&gevouwen?
A reminder! Het Zeemans-ABC by @nienkedenekamp with art by me, launching @schpvrtmsm Amsterdam tomorrow 2pm t.co/8xyQG86n
In today's Het Parool - make your own Little Golden Book, featuring Het Zeemans-ABC by @nienkedenekamp - art by me: sadiethepilot.com/aaweb/blogpix1…
Orzala Ashaf Nemat responds to not-a-sister Madeline Bunting on #Afghanistan RT @normblog Hard-won gains (for Afghan women). bit.ly/pDM9rq
eamonnmcdonagh Eamonn McDonagh
100 Years of Myles bit.ly/qSRXrp
Madeline Bunting, not a sister on Afghanistan: "I [..] question whether women's rights should be an obstacle.." t.co/torxnVNv
New Danish Government Minister for the Church still counting to 1,000 re. ban on gay marriage within Danish Nat. Church t.co/f9d0l16t
Ernie Bushmiller drawings for The Milk and Honey Route: A Handbook for Hobos, Dean Stiff (Nels Anderson) 1930 t.co/LdM1qUS1
Japanese print 1904, Russian vice-admiral Makarov, went down with his ship along with 800 men ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21… from ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21…
Thanks @ianarchiebeck for #ff - here's Cubby Bear youtu.be/qrEbCcgpiu4 plus "In a Cartoon Studio" AKA "Making 'Em Move" youtu.be/ospokK83dl0