for one of my classes, we have a creative assignment to represent ourselves in an iconographic way though any medium we choose

how could I not go entirely overboard

Evasion, 1947 Jared French

"French was well regarded during the 1940s and ’50s as one of the most accomplished and fascinating magic realist painters. A still understudied group of artists, the magic realists revived painstaking old master techniques to make convincing their enigmatic images that address a wide range of personal and social concerns.

Part of a series of works French made to chronicle the human condition, Evasion symbolizes an individual’s attempt to deny the physical self. As such, the painting manifests tensions regarding sexual mores in mid 20th-century America. While it is reductive to attribute French’s iconographic interest in Evasion solely to his bisexuality, the fact remains that French was one of the first American artists whose same-sex desires were recognized and acknowledged by contemporaries who viewed his work.”


(Aka: see, look, I had the badge on for a while… then lost it. ::sadface.jpg::)


Thorin Oakenshield: Sir Samuel! We’d like to sing for you the original lyrics to the Lonely Mountain!

Dwarves, in unison: Gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold… 


Kiss My Blood by Giulia Bersani

"During a ten-second French kiss, it’s said that millions of beneficial substances for the organism pass between partners. Recent studies have shown that, as well as saliva, part of the lovers DNA is exchanged, staying in each mouth for about an hour. The KISS MY BLOOD photographic research project aims to capture in everyday images what is probably the most emblematic and iconographic manifestation of love - the kiss -freeing it from the usual heavy rhetoric to show it in its total authenticity. Couples from different walks of life, with very different ways of living love are captured as they kiss in the way that’s most natural to them. The idea was to get the camera as close to the kiss as possible, almost from inside, to see the flesh and blood flowing under the skin

The blood group of all the participants was taken to mark the fundamental, biological characteristics of each kiss. The defects of the camera film and the colour red used as a filter worked in parallel to the blood group, making every single kiss individual and special. 

The human feeling of love and (sometimes) the genetic information exchange that takes place in front of the camera unites the protagonists of the kiss. The blood group brings out their individuality. The combination of people kissing creates a single “very human machine,” motivated by the love of diverse types, maturity and depths, more or less worn by time, sensual or maternal, but still of love.”

"You never see a positive drug story on the news. They always have the same LSD story. You’ve all seen it: "Today a young man on acid…thought he could fly…jumped out of a building…what a tragedy!" What a dick. He’s an idiot. If he thought he could fly, why didn’t he take off from the ground first? Check it out? You don’t see geese lined up to catch elevators to fly south; they fly from the fucking ground. He’s an idiot. He’s dead. Good! We lost a moron? Fucking celebrate. There’s one less moron in the world…

…Wouldn’t you like to see a positive LSD story on the news? To base your decision on information rather than scare tactics and superstition? Perhaps? Wouldn’t that be interesting? Just for once?…

"Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration – that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There’s no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we’re the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the weather."

thewomanofscandal asked:

I love reading your metas for Hannibal! When I saw your latest, I couldn't resist asking you a question (particularly given your interest in Classics). Recently, in my Greek class, my professor brought up the etymology of the word 'Anthology' which originally meant a bouquet of flowers. Which makes sense- picking the best of a variety to make a superior whole. So my question is: Do you think that this is what Hannibal was doing in Futamono? Essentially creating a poisonous 'Greatest Hits' list?

[bear with me my ancient greek is creaky & lapsing]

yes—ἄνθος [anthos], “flower” + λέγειν [legein], “to say/speak” or “to choose/gather/collect/pick together” [complicated verb, heidegger has a field-day with those two senses of it in his lecture “geschichte”] = anthologia, ἀνθολογία, “a flower-gathering/collection”

we’ve seen hannibal at his most derivative [the antler-impaled corpse of cassie boyle, the glasgow smile of dr. sutcliffe] and at his most creative [the “blind”, “mindless and heartless” judge]. this tableau, of a human corpse intertwined with and systemically penetrated by a tree, feels like the latter: the idea of “blooming” isn’t simply hannibal’s burgeoning affair with alana; it’s hannibal himself, growing more daring and ambitious and egotistic. 

i think it is a sort of “greatest hits”. the ripper removes organs from bodies which he already considers empty vessels, wasted flesh, and transforms them into things of beauty—exquisite morsels of food. but, beautiful as hannibal’s food appears, the meat is defiled, polluted with murder, it’s taboo, it’s toxic, it breeds corruption. 

jack names three flowers specifically; hannibal has three victims he’s presently “poisoning”: will, alana, jack. and the flowers correspond to the way that he poisoned them: “belladonna for the heart” is jack, and his love for bella; the “chain of white oleander for the intestines” is will, and the ear he was forced to ingest; “ragwort for the liver” is alana, and the poisoned wine [ragwort was once used as an aphrodisiac]. all three of these victims have eaten human flesh at hannibal’s table. 

this is hannibal’s power: to invade his victim, slice out with precise scalpel-cuts those raw parts which are most vital and human, and fill that void with his own baneful beauty. furthermore, every work of art hannibal creates is a seduction, a token of affection for will; and hannibal’s love is the love that kills.

the “men” of the watch: an iconograph

The Annunciation. Annibale Carracci (Italian, 1560-1609). Oil on canvas. 

Annibale’s painting is iconographically conventional, and includes all of the symbolical elements included in depictions of the subject since the Middle Ages: a demurely attired Mary kneels at a prie-dieu, quietly reading in her chamber. According to St. Bernard, she reads the prophesy of Isaiah, ‘A young woman is with child.’ 

Zodiac sign of AQUARIUS in a 13/14th century manuscript on Flickr.

The zodiac sign of AQUARIUS is associated with the month of January and it is represented by the water carrier. In most of the standard medieval iconographic compositions, the water carrier is represented by a single man or a woman, standing or seated, holding one or two vases from which water pours. Usually set in a landscape, the figure is sometimes immersed in a lake, into which he/she pours the water from the vase. The vase is always Classical in form, and in some cases the water flows away from the figure instead of vertically. In some depictions, the figure of the water carrier is represented by a genderless figure which perhaps resembles to a child. In the modern horoscope the zodiac sign of AQUARIUS covers the period from about 20 January until 18 February. Link to the “Zodiac sign of AQUARIUS “ set

Link to the “Zodiac signs” collection

Manuscript title: Calendarium (Prayer calendar), Latin Bible selections: Liber Psalmorum, Cantica with prayers; Hymns, etc.

Origin: Germany

Period: 13th/14th

Image source: Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 30, p. 2r – Calendarium (Prayer calendar), Latin Bible selections: Liber Psalmorum, Cantica with prayers; Hymns, etc. ( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/cb/0030/2r )