April 23 marks the saint’s day of England’s patron saint St George. English schoolchildren are always taught that he was a knight who slayed dragons but is there more to the historical figure? Who was he? According to legend, St George was a Roman soldier born in what is now modern-day Turkey in around 280AD and died around 303. Very little is known about his early life but it is believed he was born to a wealthy Christian noble family.
Kusunoki Masashige (楠木 正成?, 1294 – July 4, 1336) was a 14th-century samurai who fought for Emperor Go-Daigo in his attempt to wrest rulership of Japan away from the Kamakura shogunate and is remembered as the ideal of samurai loyalty. His origin has not been validated and it was merely six years between the start of his military campaign in 1331 and his demise in 1336. He received the highest decoration from the Meiji government of Japan in 1880.
Arès Ludovisi. Marbre, copie romaine d'un original grec de 420 av. J.-C. environ. Quelques restaurations du Bernin, 1622. / Cosiddetto "Ares Ludovisi". Marmo pentelico, copia romana del 320 a.C ca. Alcuni restauri del 1622, in marmo di Carrara (per esempio l'elsa della spada), sono opera di Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Di recente è stato proposto di identificare la statua come parte di un gruppo composto da Achille con a fianco la madre Teti. Palazzo Altemps. (Source Wikimedia Commons)