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Danza de la Muerte

La Danza de la muerte o Danza macabra es un género artístico tardo-medieval cuyo tema era la universalidad de la muerte. Se trata de un diálogo en verso y por tanto representable, en que una personificación alegórica de la Muerte, como un esqueleto humano, llama a personas de distinta posición social o en diferentes etapas en la vida para bailar alrededor de una tumba. Típicamente estas figuras eran el Papa, el Obispo, el Emperador, el Sacristán, el Labrador, etc. La muerte les recuerda que los goces mundanos tienen su fin y que todos han de morir. Se cree que las danzas macabras eran de hecho bailadas representadas teatralmente en el siglo XIV.

sapphic history boards: painters (mostly)

listed clockwise, starting from upper left corner:

  1. Amrita Sher-Gil (1913–1941)
  2. Romaine Brooks (1874 –1970)
  3. Frida Kahlo   (1907 –1954)
  4. Leonore Chinn (born 1949)
  5. Rosa Bonheur (1822 –1899)
  6. Clare Atwood (1866 –1962)
  7. Virginie Bovie (1821–1888)
  8. Eva Hesse (1936 –1970)

Picking a topic for my first ever post has been so difficult. I thought this would be a great introduction to this blog because medicine is not just a modernity. Leonardo da Vinci managed to paint certain details into the Mona Lisa which, on closer inspection, demonstrate how diseases which burden us nowadays still existed in the past. 

There have been various papers about the possible pathological features depicted in the painting. Some even postulate that the enigmatic smile could be due to Bell’s palsy or myopathic facies. Elements of strabismus (squint) can also be observed. 

The medial aspect of the left orbital region shows xanthelasma. The lump on the right hand has been postulated to be a lipoma. But could it be a swollen joint indicative of rheumatoid arthritis (the rest of her metacarpophalyngeal joints do appear to be swollen too)? What about her fingers? Is that a rash or an artefact?

This is what I love about Rheumatology. It’s an enigma because it is a fountain of possibilities. Rheumatic conditions can affect virtually any body system there is. The element of mystery is something which really attracted me to the field and it has made further exploration of the subject an immense pleasure of mine.

anonymous asked:

fanart isn't real art

Hey nonny! 

Firstly, you are mistaken. 

Secondly, you are a bit of an ass. 

but let’s use those debating skills of mine and rebut your unfounded statement: 

evidence piece number 1: Definition via Wikipedia. 

Hm… “Fan art or fanart are artworks created by fans of a work of fiction (…)”

Yes? Make sense? Well, moving on. 

Now: there’s been a lot of art in history. Agreed? Well, then. let’s look at that. 

evidence piece number 2: screenshot of google (ignore the obscene amount of pinned tabs, I’m a hoarder)

Ok great so let’s examine that. You see the tab that’s open? What did I search? ‘Art Renaissance’ Yes? Well, let’s look at those pics. the first pic shows the ‘agony of the garden’ which refers to an event of the life of Jesus in the New Testament. Huh I’ve heard of the New Testament - it’s a book right? Well, let’s keep looking at those pics. See that pic on the far right - top row? Now I can’t be 100% sure, but that kinda seems to show Maria and Jesus? Yeah? Well, guess what, that’s from the New Testament too. Wild, right? That not only one artwork from the Renaissance has a religious theme… but TWO?!?! WIld. 

The last row? Yeah. That’s all Christian art too. Huh. Wow. I can’t believe that many artists created art based on the Bible. Crazy. 

So, moving on to somewhat more modern art: 

evidence piece number 3: 

So this dude is pretty cool right? This is art? We are in agreement, yes? This is art. Well, buckle up, anon, cos I’m about to shake your world. 

That was created towards the end of the 19th century, by Sidney Paget. And guess where that artwork is featured? Guess who the dude is in the pic? Well, that’s our very own Sherlock Holmes! lmao and guess what? Sherlock Holmes is a character in a book! *gasp* Did I shake your world yet?

Well, then, let’s move to an even more modern example: 

I guess you know who this is? 

I mean, I could be mistaken, but I think I remember there being books to this movie? Eh, might be my imagination. Well, then, let’s look at some art that was done inspired by this character…

Oh wow! Beautiful isn’t it? This is by the legendary artist @euclase

Now let’s assume that you didn’t know Harry Potter and that you didn’t know that there were books and movies about him, would you agree that this is art? Let’s be honest: you would. 

Let’s look at the quote again, nonny: Fan art or fanart are artworks created by fans of a work of fiction (generally visual media such as comics, movies, television shows, or video games) and derived from a character or other aspect of that work.” 

So theoretically, if we go down that path, all types of drawings, art, pictures, photography etc. are all forms of art, and are all fanart in a way. Have you seen the Hunger Games? Or… do you watch a tv show like Sherlock? Well, y’know, movies are just a series of frames of photography, making that, in essence also art. and considering both of those examples are stories based on books, I’d call them fanart too. 

So, next time you go sending people anonymous messages about how fanart isn’t art, think twice, cos we artists - we’re a tough bunch. 

Also, you’re an asshole - did I already mention that? 


Italian artist Biancoshock recently completed a project entitled “Web 0.0” The project which was cerated for CVTA’ Festival in the city of Civitacampomarano, which is a tiny village with merely 400 habitants, most of which are elderly.

The purpose of the project is to bring the internet to a non web based community as most of the town does not have internet capabilities. Biancoshock implemented a ton of branding on existing older technologies to create an environment of a real life internet so to speak.


Calling All Wikipedia Editors!

Did you know less that 13% of Wikipedia editors are female? There is a giant gap in information on women on the website. Art+Feminism is an international campaign to improve coverage of feminism and the arts in Wikipedia. 

If you’re LA based…on March 16th, the Getty Research Institute is hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon aimed at producing pages for women in art. Wikipedia training for new editors will be provided. Info here.

If you’re not LA based…there are dozens of other Wikipedia Edit-a-thons happening across the world. A full list of events can be found here. 

Müge Boz as Hatice Turhan Sultan

Turhan Hatice Sultan (c. 1627 – 4 August 1683; Turhan meaning “Of mercy”), was Haseki Sultan of the Ottoman Sultan Ibrahim (reign 1640-1648) and Valide Sultan as mother of Mehmed IV (reign 1648-1687). Turhan Hatice was prominent for the regency of her young son and her building patronage. She and her mother-in-law, Kösem Sultan, are the only two women in Ottoman history to be regarded as official regents and had supreme control over the Ottoman Empire. Turhan Hatice herself was the only one in Ottoman history to equally share the power of running the entire empire with Ottoman Sultan legally, although in fact she transferred her political power to the grand vizier. As a result, Turhan became one of the prominent figures during the era known as Sultanate of Women.

Betty Allen (17 March 1927 – 22 June 2009) 

Renowned American operatic mezzo-soprano who had an active international singing career during the 1950s through the 1970s. Allen was part of the first generation of black opera singers to achieve wide success and is viewed as part of an instrumental group of performers who helped break down the barriers of racial prejudice in the opera world. She was greatly admired by Bernstein and the conductor notably chose her to be the featured soloist for his final performances as music director of the New York Philharmonic in 1973. After her singing career ended, she became a lauded voice teacher and arts administrator. (Wikipedia)

Portrait of mezzo-soprano Betty Allen. Stamped on back: “Betty Allen, mezzo-soprano.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

Kintsugi (金継ぎ?) (Japanese: golden joinery) or Kintsukuroi (金繕い?) (Japanese: golden repair) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum … As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. [wikipedia]

“Then I stepped off the edge of the roof, right? And when he saw me hovering there, he was terrified, so I floated down until I was right in front of him and said, ‘Stranger things have happened.’” Damian paused, hand over his mouth to conceal his grin. “And then he turned himself in. Which was a little bit disappointing, to be honest, but I guess you can’t have everything.”
“That’s awesome!” Shazam exclaimed, leaning further across the table. Behind his rack of samples, Bruce was smiling too— he wasn’t spying exactly, but he would prefer not to interrupt. They were getting along, and he wanted to hear the rest of the conversation.
“One of the best parts was meeting the regulars, you know, because they would have this moment where they saw me, and you could see them wondering— Can they all do that? Have they always been able to do that?” Damian sighed. “It was great while it lasted.”
“So I guess you really miss having your powers?”
“Well…” Damian tapped his fingers thoughtfully against the table, looking out at the patch of space visible from the Watchtower window. “It was an advantage. But do I really need an advantage? Obviously not. I’m just as capable now that I’m back to normal.”
Bruce wasn’t sure that “normal” was the right word for an eleven year old assassin who had recently returned from the dead, but he wasn’t about to point that out. Those superpowers had been a problem— one more thing to worry about. He was glad they were gone.
“He’s cute,” muttered a voice from behind him. Bruce turned around to face it— Diana.
“He needs more friends,” Bruce told her, as Damian and Shazam continued to chatter away.
“Is that why you bring him up here?”
“That and I can’t actually stop him from coming.” He motioned her up to the gap in the shelf that he was using as a peephole. “He doesn’t like to be left out.”
The two of them stood side by side, focussed on the conversation in front of them.
“You have like, the coolest job in the world,” Shazam said.
“Basically. It’s fine for now.” Damian pulled a batarang out of his belt and spun it idly across the table.
“What’s cooler than being Robin?”
“Being Batman. I’ll get there eventually.”
Bruce felt Diana nudge him in the ribs. She raised an eyebrow at him and smiled.
“You really think you’re going to be Batman someday?”
“Of course. Somebody has to be in charge.” Damian bent down to examine the scratch he’d put in the table. “Nobody in their right mind would let Hood anywhere near the cowl, and have you ever met Red Robin?”
“I don’t think so?”
“Well he’s an idiot, so that wouldn’t work either. I was born to be Batman, and if my father ever dies, I will be.”
“If?” Diana whispered. Bruce shrugged, vaguely flattered.
“His grandfather’s been alive for a few centuries, and a month ago, he rose from his own grave. Mortality is a fluid concept right now.”
Diana put a hand on his shoulder. “He wants to be just like you.”
“He wants to be better than me. I think he could manage it.” Bruce smiled fondly at his son from behind his rack of samples. “I should get him home.”
He strode out into the center of the room. “Robin? Time to go.” As Damian turned towards him, Bruce grabbed one of his wrists and swung him one-handed out of his chair, catching him by surprise. Damian dangled a few inches above the floor for a couple of seconds before Bruce set him down.
“Come on,” Bruce told him. “Time for bed.”

Anon requested JLA + Damian’s “I’m going to be Batman” speech 

Clear diamonds theory

I was going through the White Diamond tag and of course eventually I came across the “WD is the gem from the temple in Serious Steven” theory, which I though didn’t make sense because then why is she still present in the current logo if she’s a corrupted gem?

Then a though came into my mind: “What if the temple gem is a lesser type of diamond?”

The reasons why I believe the gem from the temple is some kind of lesser clear diamond, who fought against Rose Quartz, lost and was put to power up the temple as punishment are the following:

1) Shape of the temple gem. Don’t you think is a bit of a coincidence that its diamond-shaped?

2) Placement of the gem. The gem of the mural has her gem on her chest, we can infer this because the inverted-triangle might symbolize a diamond just like in the new Diamond Authority logo. Then, the statue-thingy that held the gem had it placed on the chest area as well so this can mean that the gem from the mural IS the gem that we see at the end of the episode.

Follow up to point 2 about the gem from the mural is the gem that was powering the temple. We can also see that this gem shares some physical features with that statue thing, like face marks. Besides, if this gem was a clear diamond like the color suggests, then her physical appearance would be somewhat similar to the great Paragon, who is a flawless clear diamond, and what would that feature be? That messy spiky ‘hair’.

3) Hierarchy of scale. Citing the wikipedia “technique used in art, mostly in sculpture and painting, in which the artist uses unnatural proportion or scale to depict the relative importance of the figures in the artwork”, in real life you can see this examples especially in egyptian paintings and relieves. “But Rose was significantly taller than a human who might have been the black-shaped figures next to her” Well, then why the supposed diamond is depicted the same height as Rose when we’ve seen that they’re way taller in reality? Okay, you might say that Rose might had been depicted as the same height as a diamond because she was considered a great treat after “supposedly” shattering Pink, but still I dont think the Diamonds would’ve wanted their enemy depicted having the same power as them in a painting of one of their buildings.

So according to this theory, the gem from the mural might have had a rank similar to a quartz commander like Rose, which is pretty high but not as high as one of the diamonds like Blue or Yellow.

4) Real life diamonds as example. Of course, in real life diamonds are not cheap, however how many times have we seen jewelry and precious gemstones decorated with tiny clear diamonds? What about the diamonds used for wedding rings? The bigger the diamond the more expensive it is, and dont get me started on the Paragon theory that I’m pretty sure a lot of SU fans are already aware of.

If the diamonds from the show work similarly to how real life diamonds work, then it would be weird that atm the gem that we consider the top of the diamonds would be just a regular white diamond which can be mass produced in RL while we have famous colored diamonds like the Tiffany and Hope diamonds. Having this in mind, I’m one of the people who believe that WD’s canon name or title is Paragon if her position on the Diamond Authority Insignia shows not only the position of her gem in relation to the position of YD and BD’s gems, but her rank as well among them.

Besides how badass would that be? Imagine that WD’s power forces doesn’t consist of regular quartz soldiers but a lower type of clear diamonds who are second in strength only to the higher diamonds.

I could even keep up with this theory but then that would be part of headcanon territory, haha.