history of artists

Lorenzo Lotto (1480-1556)
“Venus and Cupid” (1525)
Oil on canvas
High Renaissance
Located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, United States

Made a wedding gift, scattered around Venus and Cupid are allegorical objects of marriage (garland of myrtle), femininity (rose, seashell, rose petals), eternal love (ivy). The headdress of Venus, with the tiara, the veil and the earring, is typical of the Venetian brides of the sixteenth century. The pendant earring with a pearl is a symbol of purity. The gesture of Cupid urinating through the laurel crown onto the belly of Venus is an erotic allusion to fertility.

There’s a dating sim coming out where you can date bishi versions of famous artists…

This is (somehow, a manic-depression free) Vincent Van Gogh (notice his missing left ear is hidden by hair…)

This is Gustave Courbet (who’s apparently the tsundere because he was was a realism painter???)

Here’s Leonardo Da Vinci (the really gay one who loves painting boys):

and then Pierre-Auguste Renoir. A very laid back…girly looking fellow…?:

They couldn’t leave out Katsushika Hokusai! Best known for his woodblock artistry, most notably “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”

and finally,  Michaelangelo….

….and Rembrandt…

I love how none of these resemble the artists in any discernible way?

Anyways, @moehistory should really see this.

This Day in History: Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United Sates. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.


“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within: strength, courage, dignity.”

On the 95th anniversary of her birth, here is the heroic, heart-soaring American artist and activist Ruby Dee.