I found this on the side of a Gelateria.
I think the blue beads are not beads, but rather blueberries.
How refreshing is lemon gelato, in the summer?
Adore this face, big time!
Pics taken by Resa – February 28, 2023
Luxuriating in the Arts
Is it street art, or art in the street?
I instantly recognized the portrait of Anne Boleyn, set in a cold vortex of high rises.
Queen Consort Anne Boleyn was King Henry VIII ‘s second wife. She was beheaded for adultery (charges trumped up by Cromwell) on May 19, 1536. Anne Boleyn is the mother of Queen Elizabeth I.
The portrait in the street is a copy of the famous and only officially verified portrait of Anne Boleyn, that was painted in her lifetime. (Shown below) It is believed that images of her were destroyed to please the king. This is the sole survivor.
Even until today, paintings surface claiming status, but all are renounced.
Photo of the original (left) compared to my photo of the one in the street (right).
I had to go in on an angle to get a close up of her face.
Alongside Richard Burton as Henry the VIII, Geneviève Bujold played Anne Boleyn in the movie “Anne of the Thousand Days”
Elizabeth Taylor, wanted to play Anne Boleyn. At 37, she was rejected as too old. Elizabeth took a small walk on so she could be present at the shooting of the final Tower of London scene. She feared Richard Burton, and Geneviève Bujold were having an affair.
For that tidbit and more trivia about the movie, click on the pic of Elizabeth below.
Here is the infamous 20 second walk on.
Anne Boleyn’s sister Mary was Princess Diana Spencer’s 13th great-grandmother on her father’s side.
So then Mary Boleyn is William and Harry’s 14th great- grandmother on Diana’s father’s side? Does that mean Anne Bolyen is their 14th great-aunt on Diana’s father’s side?
There is a ton of history available on Anne Boleyn. I’ve included 1 link for ease.
In January 1973, Rick Wakeman released his debut solo album, “The Six Wives of Henry VIII. The 36.36 minute album has a piece for each wife. Here is Anne Boleyn.
Pic taken by Resa – February 28, 2023
On my first visit to Graffiti Alley, this beauty was one of the first works of art I laid eyes on.
As you can see, she was in a frost fence prison. Not only is the fence 6′ high, there is a locked gate keeping all out.
This is the main reason she has lasted 10 years, without being tagged.
I always check when I go to the alley. For 10 years the gate has been locked. I never tried climbing the fence. There’s always people behind a big glass window.
On my latest trip to Graffiti Alley, there was something going on in the alley, like some kind of surveying.
THE GATE WAS OPEN! To allow the surveyors room to do their thing.
I could see people behind the window, but this was my big break! I entered and shot like a maniac, fast, furious then fled.
I could feel the eyes upon me. I never shot so fast in my graffiti daze.
Pics taken by Resa – November 8, 2022 & prior.
Starting with the eyes would be more logical, but I love these lips.
Found her in an alley in Kensington Market.
Was all giddy and happy when I did.
Amazing how a pretty piece of wall art can make my day.
Fortunately, the tagger didn’t annihilate the beauty.
Pics taken by Resa May 5, 2021
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