Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions March 17, 2017 by Robert J. Avrech 8 Comments “I was so tired of the parts I had to play. There seems little for me in Hollywood, because, rather than real Chinese, producers prefer Hungarians, Mexicans, American Indians for Chinese roles.”—Anna May Wong David HockneyMulholland Drive Bill BrandtLondon, 1937 CMC 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Corsica Roadster Blue 1/18 Limited Edition Another view of the CMC 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Corsica Roadster Blue 1/18 Limited Edition Jimmy Stewart, 1938 James Stewart receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1985 Academy Awards Rick McGinnisJewel Kilcher, Parkdale, March 1995Jewel can be seen in the Civil War masterpiece, Ride With the Devil, 1999. I write about it here. Marc Chagall,Promenade1917-18. Oil on canvas 175.2 x 168.4 cm. State Russian Museum “The thing about happiness is that it doesn’t help you to grow; only unhappiness does that. So I’m grateful that my bed of roses was made up equally of blossoms and thorns. I’ve had a privileged, creative, exciting life, and I think that the parts that were less joyous were preparing me, testing me, strengthening me.”—Lana Turner Ilse BingGreta Garbo, Paris, 1932 Henri MatisseOpen Window1905 Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday, 1940Screenplay by Charles LedererBased on The Front Page1928 play by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur Photo by Erwin Blumenfeld Edward HopperSummertime, 1943Oil on canvas29 1/8 x 44 inches Kazimir Malevich,Peasants c. 1930. Oil on canvas 53 x 70 cm. State Russian Museum St. Petersburg. “But no, the old Hollywood—and it was a state of mind more than a place… —it can’t come back. Should we even want it to? Didn’t it serve its purpose?”Joan Crawford when asked, “Do you think the old Hollywood will ever make a comeback?” Richard DiebenkornUrbana#41953Oil on canvasDimensions:66 x 49 in. (167.6 x 124.5 cm)Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colo. Alfred Eisenstaedt.Carole Lombard, 1938 Edward MunchSelf-Portrait with Burning Cigarette, 1895 Rick McGinnisHollywood Hills, Los Angeles, Nov. 2016 Mishneh TorahAttributed to Master of the Barbo Missal (Italian)Artist: Nehemiah (active northern Italy, mid-15th century)Date: ca. 1457Tempera and gold leaf on parchment; leather bindingBinding: 9 7/16 × 8 3/16 × 3 1/4 in. (24 × 20.8 × 8.2 cm) Leaf (of 346 leaves): 8 15/16 × 7 1/4 in. (22.7 × 18.4 cm) The Mishneh Torah is the magnum opus of Moses Maimonides (Cordova 1135-1204 Egypt), the renowned medieval philosopher. This remarkable text consolidates Jewish law into a systematic, comprehensive and accessible anthology, still consulted by rabbis and scholars today.This manuscript copy of the Mishneh Torah is one of the most sumptuous ever made. Large illuminations illustrating aspects of the law preface different sections of the book. Law books rarely benefitted from such lavish decoration. With no iconographic precedent to guide him, the painter looked to the world around him. Thus the manuscript provides an opulent guide to contemporary costume, buildings, and customs. With its burnished gold letters and inventive narrative scenes, it attests to the refined aesthetic sensibility of the elite members of Italy’s Jewish community. Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art Maayan Ariel wishes all our friends and relatives a meaningful Shabbat.