Sitting in media files meme continued

Narcisse, Léon Bakst (1911)

Narcisse, Léon Bakst (1911)

The New York Times published Erté’s obituary in their theatre section on April 22, 1990. He is considered one of  foremost costume and stage-set designer for film, theatre and opera in the 20th Century –  a master of the Art Deco style.

I copy and pasted the above paragraph from a December 2010 post about Erté because it kind of relates to a December 2011 series I did about Léon Bakst’s set and costume design for Ballets Russes.

Not only were Bakst and Erté both stage and costume designers, they were both Russian. The last post of the series and the year (Ballets Russes: Firebird) ended with the below copy and paste that kind of relates to my previous post essentially about the Gregorian calender and the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar.

At the end of 1699 the Russian Emperor Peter I the Great issued an order to celebrate the New Year beginning on January 1 by the Julian calendar and for this purpose to decorate houses with pine-tree, fir-tree and juniper branches.

с Новым годом 

ERTE (ROMAIN DE TIRTOFF) "Samson and Delilah" 1970

ERTE (ROMAIN DE TIRTOFF) “Samson and Delilah” 1970

Because Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians did not recognize the authority of the Pope, many European countries did not initially follow the Gregorian reform, and maintained their old-style systems. Eventually other countries followed the reform for the sake of consistency, but by the time the last adherents of the Julian calendar in Eastern Europe (Russia and Greece) changed to the Gregorian system in the 20th century, they had to drop 13 days from their calendars, due to the additional difference between the two calendars accumulated after 1582.


NOTE: I don’t think Wiki meant to say Greece is in Eastern Europe.

The Greek Orthodox Church is within the larger communion of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, whose liturgy is traditionally conducted in Koine Greek, the original language of the New Testament and which share a common Greek cultural tradition. The current territory of these Churches more or less covers the areas in the Eastern Mediterranean that used to be a part of the Byzantine Empire.