LADY-GODIVA

Art History Meme [3/9] Paintings
↳ Lady Godiva by John Collier, 1897

Godiva (/ɡəˈdaɪvə/; Old English: Godgifu) — known as Lady Godiva — was an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to a legend dating back at least to the 13th century, rode naked through the streets of Coventry in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants. [x]

He learned many things from her wise red lips. Her smooth gentle hand taught him many things. He, who was still a boy as regards to love and was inclined to plunge to the depths of it blindly and insatiably, was taught by her that one cannot have pleasure without giving it, and that every gesture, every caress, every touch, every glance, every single part of the body has its secret which can give pleasure to one who can understand.
—  Siddartha, Herman Hesse