“I like the idea that art thrives on restrictions.”—Director NICHOLAS MEYER, in describing how he shot a scene in Star Trek VI — meant to be set inside a massive hall — on a darkened soundstage instead. (via inothernews)
Jean Fouquet, Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels
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…for artists without a lucky early break, rich parents or benefactors, a day job is often the only way to survive. It needn’t mean that fame and fortune aren’t just around the corner: Joy Division’s Ian Curtis worked in an unemployment office until 1979, well after the band had released their debut EP. Van Morrison immortalised his old job as a window cleaner in the 1982 song Cleaning Windows; composer Philip Glass wasn’t able to quit his jobs as a plumber and a taxi-driver until the age of 41.