Marine Gods Paying Homage to Love ~ 1636-38  Eustache Le Sueur

Classically proportioned sea gods and goddesses, partially clad in intensely coloured drapery, form a dramatic procession against a light blue sky. This painting illustrates an episode in Francesco Colonna’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Strife of Love in a Dream of Polyphilus), an extravagant Renaissance tale of a dream-journey through antiquity. To the left, the lovers Polyphilus and Polia are ferried to Cythera, the island of love. The sea goddess Amphitrite, reclining in a shell at the lower right, and Neptune, seated high on a shell and holding his triton, watch the boat depart from amid a crowd of figures.

Big Words (Part 8)

Pairing: Spencer Reid x Reader

You and Spencer finally come to terms with your feelings

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A/N: FINALLY!!! lol sorry it took me so long. Work and school have slowly been eating away at my sanity and amount of sleep, but I finally managed to fix this thing and post it! I hope it’s satisfactory.

Special shoutout to my girl @burritosofhoran for being all supportive and just generally really nice to me ^^ this one is for you! Thanks for your patience and positive messages! 

Originally posted by imaybeobsessed94

HYPNEROTOMACHIA – The struggle between sleep and sexual desire 

“You know, you didn’t have to follow me home,” you remarked as the elevator stopped at your apartment level. 

Spencer shrugged. “Well, I couldn’t just let you hobble home alone after all the drinks you had.” 

You rolled your eyes. “Reid, I had a couple shots and a margarita,” you remarked dryly. “And I had a glass of water right before I left. I’m not exactly impaired.”  

“Says the woman with flushed cheeks and the staggering gait,” he commented with a quirky smirk that made your stomach flutter (though it could’ve been the alcohol).  

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During my time in Florence, Italy, I took a class called Green Paradises in Italy from the Renaissance to our Age, a surprisingly interesting class about gardens. While learning about the metaphorical meanings of gardens and their designs, we discussed Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a romantic story published in 1499. The story follows Poliphilo in his search for Polia, his love, set in a dreamy landscape.

Though Hypnerotomachia Poliphili is translated as The Strive of Love in a Dream, my professor first translated it as Dream Love Machine (hence the name of my original blog), a translation I immediately loved. I have extended the meaning to this blog, which I will use to document my travel with photographs and thoughts.

In a lot of ways, we’re all a bunch of Poliphilos searching for Polias. Our Polias don’t have to be people; they could be happinesses or successes or answers. I hope to find answers, as well as clarity, excitement and, in some ways, discomfort in the next year through my ventures, and with this blog, I’ll share it all with you!