Hovhannes Aivazovsky. Detail from The Ninth Wave, 1850.
Eat your veggies!
Sandro Botticelli c. 1485Venus and MarsVenus, the goddess of love, and her lover Mars, the god of war, are shown resting.The half boy/half goat children are satyrs. The painting is representing that love conquers war. Mars is asleep and the satyrs playing with his lance show that he is disarmed completely. The satyr blowing the trumpet in his ear will still not wake him. His slumber is referred to the ”little death”, the sleep that comes after making love. Venus is fully alert even though she is still reclined. The wasps over Mars’s head can mean a couple of different things. The Vespucci family symbol was a wasp and another interpretation is that pain is part of love.Inspiration for the painting most likely came from a an ancient painting of the marriage of Alexander and Roxana as described by Lucian in the second century. It is believed that the work was a piece of bedroom furniture.
Madonna with Jesus Surrounded by Children - Eduard Veith
Emma, Lady Hamilton, oil on canvas, detail (1785)
"No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell."-Antonin Artaud, Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society (via ancient-serpent)