What Your Favorite Classical Painting Says About Your Personality

Let’s admit it, we are a culture obsessed with defining ourselves and our interests. Although the general notion perceived is that labels limit us, we wear them proudly. We claim our astrological sign as a badge of honor: the passionate Sagittarius or the fiery Leo. In addition to relating to our cosmic presence, we enjoy taking exams, which value our introversion and extroversion. 

We crave to know more about us. The music we listen to, the books we read, our favorite drink and even our favorite sport are glimpses into our souls. So if our favorite music tells the world that we are an introvert at heart, why can’t our favorite art piece shine light to our heart’s deepest secrets?

Take a look below at what some of your favorite classical paintings say about you. 

Gustav Klimt: “The Kiss”

You are a true romantic and art lover. You dream of traveling the world and enjoy its luxuries. You love the finer things in life and will probably fall in love with an artist or wine maker. Or, maybe you just really love pretty things. 

Vincent van Gogh: “Starry Night”

You’re a true intellectual with an introverted streak, who loves to daydream. You love nature and you love too many things to pick one interest. 

Edvard Munch: “The Scream”

You are a person of extremities. You are passionate and think at a faster rate than most people. You love to do twenty things at one time and the only rest you take is when you sleep. Your brain is always working. You are a mad genius.

Frida Kahlo: The Many Self Portraits of Kahlo

You are an unconventional thinker. You follow your own rules and see beauty in the things most people overlook or deem unattractive. 

Leonardo da Vinci: “Mona Lisa

You’re a purist with a twist. Although you are a fan or art history, you are a curious thinker of life’s greatest mysteries. You live in your head and you like to voice your funny, wicked or amazingly clever ideas.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: “Dustheads”

You are definitely the cool kid. You are an artsy soul who discovered today’s new indie band months ago. 

Georgia O'Keeffe: “Pink Tulip”

You have simple needs. You want the person you love next to you, along with some good music and wine. Plus you love to look a beautiful things, which take you to a different realm. 

Jackson Pollock: “Number 19”

You run all over the place. You’re messy and you’re always the friend who forgets to text back. Either way your chaotic system works!

Salvador Dali: “The Persistence of Memory”

You are definitely a whimsical thinker. You have an inclination for things, which are unorthodox and chimerical. 

Hieronymus Bosch: “The Garden of Earthly Delights”

You are definitely a weirdo. But a lovable weirdo! 

Marcel Duchamp: “Fountain”

You are sophisticated and slightly odd. You have a wide variety of favorite art pieces for different reasons or maybe for all the same reasons. 

Katsushika Hokusai: “The Great Wave off Kanagawa"

You sure do love pretty things and you appreciate classical art. 

Cindy Sherman: Self Portraits

You are a true art lover at the core. You love contemporary pieces and classic pieces. You appreciate every genre of art and your dream job is to be a curator at a small online gallery. 

Banksy’s “Riot Green”

Why not? We all love Banksy.

This article was originally published at the Huffington post.

This is it, folks. This is a play based on @dril tweets that I facetiously wrote and submitted to a local theatre club’s playwriting contest, as a joke. They loved it and staged the play, along with four other plays (the top 5 submissions) in April. It was a success. The audience loved it. I had entertained an entire theater with a garbage play, purely by accident.

Now you, the internet at large, may also enjoy this play. Feel free to perform it at your own theaters, just be sure to tell me all about it and document the performance extensively! 

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THE HISTORY OF BLACK HAIR  

by Chime Edwards, chimeedwards.com

Published on May 20, 2015

Preach, Shonda.

German folklore is the folk tradition which has developed in Germany over centuries. It shares many characteristics with Scandinavian and English folklore due to their origins in a common Germanic Mythology. It reflects a similar mix of influences: a pre-Christian pantheon and other beings equivalent to those of Norse mythology; magical characters (often pre-Christian) associated with Christian festivals, and various regional character stories. As in Scandinavia, when belief in the old gods disappeared, remnants of the mythos persisted: Holda, a supernatural patron of spinning; the Lorelei, a dangerous Rhein siren derived from 19th century literature; the spirit Berchta; the Weisse Frauen, a water spirit said to protect children; the Wild Hunt; the giant Rübezahl; changeling legends; and many more entities such as the elf, dwarf, kobold, and erlking. Popular holiday-related folklore includes Krampus and Knecht Ruprecht, a rough companion to Santa Claus; the Lutzelfrau, a Yule witch who must be appeased with small presents; the Osterhase (first Easter Bunny); and Walpurgisnacht, a spring festival derived from pagan customs. Character folklore includes the stories of the Pied Piper of Hameln, the trickster Till Eulenspiegel, the Town Musicians of Bremen, and Faust. Folklore elements, such as the Rhein Maidens and the Grimms’ The Story of a Boy Who Went Forth to Learn Fear, formed part of the source material for Richard Wagner’s opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Some of the works of Washington Irving, e.g. Rip van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, are based on German folktales. So are most Disney movies (American Walt Disney was quite the fan of Germany). Within Germany, the nationalistic aspect of some of these mystical stories was further emphasized during the National Socialist (Nazi) era of the 1930s and 40s. Folklore studies, Volkskunde, were co-opted as a political tool, to seek out traditional customs to support the idea of historical continuity with a Germanic culture. 

As a German, I will say that the remnants of this WW2 era still make me… reluctant to dive into many of the “Nordic/Germanic” folk legends as much of it was tainted by and is now linked to the WW2 era. I see blogs with a “Nordic” theme and they make me cringe just slightly. I’m sure I’m not the only German who feels that way - but as a people, we probably need to get over this now, 70 years on, and remember that long before any “Nazis” claimed and promoted this part of our culture, it already had existed for centuries.