pompeii + wall painting details / july 2013
The Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa) in Tivoli, Italy.
Rape of the Sabines
20th-century stone variant of marble original by Giambologna (Italian, 1524-1608),1579-1583
Location: Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence
Giambologna, born as Jean Boulogne, incorrectly known as Giovanni da Bologna and Giovanni Bologna (1529 – 13 August 1608), was a sculptor, known for his marble and bronze statuary in a late Renaissance or Mannerist style.
The Rape of the Sabine Women is an episode in the legendary history of Rome, traditionally dated to 750 BC, in which the first generation of Roman men acquired wives for themselves from the neighboring Sabine families. The English word “rape” is a conventional translation of Latin raptio, which in this context means “abduction” rather than its prevalent modern meaning in English language of sexual violation. Recounted by Livy and Plutarch (Parallel Lives II, 15 and 19), it provided a subject for Renaissance and post-Renaissance works of art that combined a suitably inspiring example of the hardihood and courage of ancient Romans with the opportunity to depict multiple figures, including heroically semi-nude figures, in intensely passionate struggle. Comparable themes from Classical Antiquity are the Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs and the theme of Amazonomachy, the battle of Theseus with the Amazons. §
April 21, 753 BCE is the traditional date of the founding of Rome, according to Livy.
Eva Herzigova and Marcus Schenkenberg as Icarus at Alexander McQueen’s debut show for Givenchy Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1997, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris
Демаков Евгений Александрович. “Святые Борис и Глеб”
Evgeny Demakov - “Saints Boris and Gleb”
Attributed to Giorgione - Lady with a Unicorn. N.d., around 1510
MYTHOLOGY MEME - [2/3] LOCATIONS: THE LABYRINTH
"(Built) a labyrinth, the passage-ways of which were so
winding that those unfamiliar with them had difficulty in
making their way out; in this labyrinth the Minotaur was
maintained and here it devoured the seven youths and
Calling all crazy cat ladies, this is your cake!
Colours meme; Silver Grey
Silver has a feminine energy; it is related to the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides - it is fluid, emotional, sensitive and mysterious. It is soothing, calming and purifying.
The color silver has similar energy to gray but it is more light-hearted and optimistic.The closer gray gets to black, the more dramatic and mysterious it becomes. The closer it gets to silver or white, the more illuminating and lively it becomes.
MYTHOLOGY MEME / (1/2) Mythological Objects
Tyrfing was a magic sword in Norse Mythology featured in the Tyrfing Cycle. Svanfrlami, the king of Gardirki, managed to trap two dwarves and forced them to forge a sword with a golden hilt that would never miss a stroke, never rust, and would cut through stone and iron as easily as clothes. The dwarves made him the sword, but in revenge they also places a curse on it. The sword would kill a man every time it was drawn; the sword would be the cause of three great evils; the sword would eventually kill Svafrlami himeself.
The sword would cause three great tragedies before the curse was broken, and Tyrfing was claimed by Angantyr, the next king of the Goths. He would use the sword when he defended his kingdom against his illegitimate brother Hlod, and now that the curse was broken Tyrfing would be the reason for his victory.