Looking for the girl with the Hashtag tattoo, who has the answers to all my questions about the man with only one ear. She appeared to me in a dream.
I despise locals who don't know where they are on a map, or even know the streets or roads about them. Not so with this savvy lassy in Amsterdam. Not only did she pinpoint where we were in the very complicated canal infested girded environs of Amsterdam but she also pointed me in the direction of Ann Frank's house.
Portraying someone laughing, or even smiling, is very rare in early paintings. Here is a noteworthy exception, painted by Hendrick Ter Bragghen in 1628. Part of a dyptic, "Demacritus And Heraclitus", this laugher seems to be saying, "whether you laugh or cry, the world remains incurably foolish." Or, so says, the Rijksmuseum caption next to the painting. A modern interpretation might be, "He who smelt it, dealt it."