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The political interpretation of Europe's eponym has found its strongest expression with the caricatures of the Europa myth in the general press representing problems around the EU, whereby goddess Europa stands for unity and the bull for conservative status quo.
A neat example appeared in rhe weekend issue of the Dutch NRC of 4/5 november 2017. An extensive article discussed  the political drive in Catalonia to independence and was accompanied by two cartoons, signed Hajo, (de Reyger)The first one suggested that Europe would distance herself from this movement

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The first prent shows Europa running away from a further parcellation of her continent. The accompanying headline reads: "The Catalans play a dangerous game". The second picture suggests that Catelonia would throw off Europa, by setting herself outside the European Union. In spite of Catelonian contentions they want to remain in Europe. It is difficult to apprehend that they want to continue to cohabit with wider Europe but not with their own Iberians



   Rotterdam, January 7, 2018, , an attentive reader



The Hague, Noordeinde shopping area debouches on the Royal Palace 'Noordeinde' in the old center of the city. Almost  neighbouring the king's Palace, with only a couple of houses in between, stood the city-mansion  of the powerful "De Fagel" dynasty. Toplevel civilservants, diplomats and political leaders of the country. A Willem Fagel was Raadspensionaris van Holland, 1672-1688, during the first part of the reign of stadhouder Willem III, later king of Engeland. His towngarden with a beautiful small baroque townhouse neighboured the Palacepark and was linked with the park  by crossing a tiny trench. Presently, the townhouse has become part of the Palace garden.

The mansion of the Fagel family has nowadays been partitioned into four shops, although the roof still spans the four houses. Appropriately, one of the shops, a bistro has been named, 'Fagel's salon' and quite for an obvious reason.


The frontroom of the Bistro must have been a formal room of the Fagel's Residency. The amazing question is, how could this beautiful rococo chimney have survived two to two and a half century. The previous owner was an Antiquair, but before that ?? The grey marble mantelshelf carries the typical rococo half size mirror and above a painting of Europe sitting on a white bull-Zeus surrounded with exciting friends. There is no doubt that Holland was in the midst of a relative quiet waiting for the revolutionary storm to break loose througout Europe.


The Hague,  February, 2018 , a coffee companion



The Sunday afternoon concerts of the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum take place in its Auditorium. On the afternoon of the 19th February a quartet of the Amsterdam Conservatorium was invited to play a trio of Baroque sonates. The quartet, was formed by  Kat Carson, soprano, Dorota Matejová, traverso (ancient German flute),Punto Bawono, theorbo (long 12 string lute), Yotam Haran, cello.
They played a.o. the sonate Europe, from Michel Pignolet de Monteclair, 1667-1737. The script follows in colourful wording the well known version of the myth.



An anonamous painting of Europe on the bull of the second part of he 16th century, out of the not-exhibited reserve of paintigs of the Rijksmuseum, was shown on a screen, assisting  Marco Kassenaar explaining the Europe myth.


Amsterdam, 1 march,    from music-lover