"who are you?" "a friend, i hope."
"At the 1541 banquet, which followed the former Queen’s obeisance to the present incumbent, it was noted that the Lady Anne looked as happily unconcerned ‘as if there had been nothing between them’ (herself and the king). Anne of Cleves, aged 25, ended the evening dancing with Queen Katherine Howard, aged 19, while the King stumped off to bed, because his leg was hurting him. This arrangement was evidently a great success. The next day all parties had dinner together again with much ‘conversation, amusement and mirth’, as before the evening ended with the young ladies dancing together after the king retired.” ~ Antonia Fraser “The SIx Wives of Henry VIII”
Art history meme | 2/8 artists
↳ Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1656)
A baroque painter and follower of Caravaggio, Gentileschi is widely held to be the most important and accomplished woman artist before the modern period and one of the great artists of the Italian Baroque.
While the few woman painters of the time were largely restricted to domestic scenes and still lifes, Artemisia began, from a young age, to paint large-scale paintings of historical and religious subjects. Her most appreciated works nowadays display Caravaggesque use of chiaroscuro and high drama.
Some of her most famous paintings reflect her interest in depicting mythic-heroic women. These works have been described as proto-feministic in their depictions of their female subjects and in their subversion of the representations of these women typically found in male contemporaries’ works.
Originally tutored by her father, Orazio Gentileschi, Artemisia was raped as a young woman by a friend of her father’s, who had taken over her tutelage. During a high-profile trial in which Artemisia testified against her rapist, she was subjected to humiliation and torture in order to ‘prove’ her claims. Critics have often tied these events in her own life into Gentileschi’s work as an artist, seeing her images of female vengeance, violence and strength as a cathartic and therapeutic representation of Artemisia’s anger and trauma.
Tōrō nagashi (灯籠流し Tōrō = lantern / nagashi = cruise, flow) is a Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns down a river. This is primarily done on the last evening of the Bon Festival, festival based on the belief that this guides the spirits of the departed back to the other world. The white lanterns are for those who have died in the past year. Traditional Japanese beliefs state that humans come from water, so the lanterns represent their bodies returning to water.
24-year-old photographer Asher Svidensky recently traveled to west Mongolia with the intention of documenting the lives of traditional Kazakh eagle hunters, people who tame eagles for the purpose of hunting smaller animals.
With the traditions typically laying in the hands of the boys and the men, the biggest surprise throughout the journey was Svidensky’s discovery of a young eagle huntress, 13-year-old Ashol Pan, the daughter of an experienced eagle hunter. These stunning photographs symbolize the potential future of the eagle hunting tradition as it expands beyond a male-only practice.
"Vengeance brings only more vengeance, and battle brings death."
My husband cheats on me! My mother is dead!
what to wear when…in a manx fairy tale.
examples: ben-phrinse teeval dy yn faarkey mooar (princess teeval of the ocean), ee hene cailjey jeh ballaleece (the lost wife of ballaleece), jack ny foawr marrooder jeh slieau-ny-farrane (jack the giant killer of slieau-ny-farrane)
[the manx shee-skeeal or fairy tale tradition is similar to those of] sostyn, nalbin, nerin, and bretyn…tales of goblins, ghosts, and specters; legends of saints and demons, of fairies and familiar spirits, in no corner of the british dominion are told and received with more absolute credulity than in the isle of man…the manx conception of the fairy (mooinjer veggey) seems to be very much the same as that in other celtic lands, with perhaps a tinge of the somewhat more somber scandinavian superstition…some are benevolent, curing men of diseases and delivering them from misfortune. others are malevolent, stealing children, even abducting grown people, and bringing misfortune…the good fairies are, fortunately, more powerful than the bad…phantom dogs [e.g. moddey dhoo] abound…there is a whole series of tales which relate to water-horses (cabbyl-ushtey)…the mermaid (ben-varry), too, was well-known [and] was greatly given to falling in love with young men [and then wreaking havoc when they eventually spurned her. other vengeful manx folkloric women include tehi-tegi the enchantress, caillagh-ny-ghueshag, and the witch of slieu whallian.] of the dwellings of these creatures under the sea, and of the treasure they have accumulated there, many tales are told. the notion of a land under the waves is very widely spread…[manx fairy tales feature] a splendid city, with many towers and gilded minarets, that once stood near langlish, on a spot now covered by the sea.
post 722 of an infinity-part series
#”the isle of man is stocked with inhabitants of the imaginary order. she has fairies giants mermen fenodyree kelpies and tarroo ushtey.” #also: ”at a distance [manx fairies] seem to be handsome but upon closer inspection they are often found to be decrepit and withered… #they lived in green hillsides more especially affecting the ancient tumuli…they hunt being for the most part very furious riders.” #”the isle of man is very fairly stocked with inhabitants of the imaginary order. she has fairies giants mermen kelpies and tarroo ushtey” #and ”the buggane (a malevolent spirit who according to legend blew the roof off st trinian’s church in a fit of rage); the often helpful #but unpredictable fenodyree; the glashtyn who may be a hairy goblin or water-horse who emerges from his aquatic environs; #and the moddey dhoo a ghostly black dog who once wandered the walls and corridors of peel castle and frightened the guards on duty.” #mann is home to the mooinjer veggey or the little folk though they are sometimes referred to obliquely by locals as ‘themselves.”’ #”numerous are the illusions that are made respecting the notion of a land under the waves…the manx believe there is a world under #the waves…the manx believe there is a world under the waves and manx sailors then declared that they commonly heard at sea the bleating of #sheep the barking of dogs and the howling of wolves as they now believe in the water horse and the water bull #as well as the tinkling of the church bell under the sea on a sunday morning.” #in one story ”a mermaid becoming enamored of a young man of extraordinary beauty took an opportunity of meeting him one day as he #walked on the shore and opened her passion to him but was received with coldness occasioned by his horror and surprise at her appearance. #this however was so misconstrued by the sea lady that in revenge for his treatment of her she punished the whole island by covering it with #mist; so that all who attempted to carry on any commerce with it either never arrived at it but wandered or were wrecked upon its cliffs.”
"Up onto the overturned keel. Clamber, with a heart of steel. Cold is the ocean’s spray… and your death is on its way. With maidens you have had your way… Each must die some day."
The Americans- Bed (Season 2 Teaser Promo)