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‘Lost in the solitude of his immense power, he began to lose direction. He was bothered by the people who cheered him in neighboring villages, and he imagined that they were the same cheers they gave the enemy. Everywhere he met adolescents who looked at him with his own eyes, who spoke to him with his own voice, who greeted him with the same mistrust with which he greeted them, and who said they were his sons. He felt scattered about, multiplied, and more solitary than ever. He was convinced his own officers were lying to him. He fought with the Duke of Marlborough. “The best friend a person has,” he would say at that time, “is one who has just died.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez. One Hundred Years of Solitude.

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Portrait of an 83 year Old Woman. Rembrandt. 1634

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Study of an Old Man with Gold Chain. 1632. Rembrandt

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Ginevra de’Benci. Leonardo da Vinci. 1474-8

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Juan de Pareja. Velázquez. 1650

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Pope Innocent X. Velazquez. 1656
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Portrait of a Young Woman. Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. 1797

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Portrait of Suzanne Bloch. Picasso. 1904

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Portrait of a Young Man. Pietro Perugino. 1494

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Portrait of a Young Girl. Petrus Christus. 1465-70

 

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