Another Future Song
blastedheath:

Luigi Malipiero (German, 1901-1975), Weeping willow on the River Main with a vision of a ghostly woman, the Marienberg Fortress in Würzburg in the background, 1974. Watercolour, 35 x 44 cm.

blastedheath:

Luigi Malipiero (German, 1901-1975), Weeping willow on the River Main with a vision of a ghostly woman, the Marienberg Fortress in Würzburg in the background, 1974. Watercolour, 35 x 44 cm.

i love lipstick. i want to write an essay about the politics of lipstick. i like lipstick that’s deep, deep red. i like lipstick that’s purple, lipstick that’s black and dark for when i want to dress up my melancholy. i like sharing lipstick with sisters. and i laugh at boys that think i wear lipstick for them to notice, i laugh, lipstick is an art you can’t ever understand. from picking out a color, testing it on the inside of my wrist, pursing my lips during the application of it. i like when i kiss a baby and leave lipstick on their cheek, when you hug someone and leave lipstick on their shirt, when it gets on your teeth and you use your tongue to get it off, when you sleep in lipstick and wake up with it on your pillow case. in 1997 mama left for ethiopia to see her mama for the first time in 12 years. i was six and i cried the entire way home from the airport. and when we came home there on the kitchen table was the teacup mama had been drinking out of. at the bottom a sip of tea and black cardamom seeds. and there on the rim of the cup the lipstick imprint of my mama’s kiss.
Portrait of Maria DyakovaDmitry Levitzky1778Tretyakov Gallery(click on the image to view in high resolution)

Portrait of Maria Dyakova
Dmitry Levitzky
1778
Tretyakov Gallery
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Manon BallettiJean-Marc Nattier1757
National Gallery(click on the image to view in high resolution)
This portrait was probably one exhibited by Nattier at the Salon in 1757.
The sitter (1740 - 1776) was the daughter of an actress in the Comédie Italienne company, and became engaged to Casanova at about the time the portrait was painted. In 1760 she married a more reputable though older suitor, the architect Jacques-François Blondel (1705 - 1774).
In contrast to many of his court portraits, Nattier’s representation of Manon Balletti is remarkable for its apparent simplicity. Liveliness is conveyed by the slight turn of the head and the attraction of the sitter emphasised by the rose pinned to her dress. 

A veil attached by a brooch in her hair encloses the left side of the portrait where a string of pearls is visible, while a projecting edge of drapery on the right adds a suggestion of rhetorical grandeur to the image.

Manon Balletti
Jean-Marc Nattier
1757

National Gallery
(click on the image to view in high resolution)

This portrait was probably one exhibited by Nattier at the Salon in 1757.

The sitter (1740 - 1776) was the daughter of an actress in the Comédie Italienne company, and became engaged to Casanova at about the time the portrait was painted. In 1760 she married a more reputable though older suitor, the architect Jacques-François Blondel (1705 - 1774).

In contrast to many of his court portraits, Nattier’s representation of Manon Balletti is remarkable for its apparent simplicity. Liveliness is conveyed by the slight turn of the head and the attraction of the sitter emphasised by the rose pinned to her dress. 

A veil attached by a brooch in her hair encloses the left side of the portrait where a string of pearls is visible, while a projecting edge of drapery on the right adds a suggestion of rhetorical grandeur to the image.

Flowers in a Terracotta VaseJan van Huysum1736-7
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Flowers in a Terracotta Vase
Jan van Huysum
1736-7

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destitutedandy:

Guys guys guys we really need to make this one thing clear

destitutedandy:

Guys guys guys we really need to make this one thing clear

Floor mosaic fragment depicting Bacchus, Roman, 325-330 Limestone tesserae 117.5 × 117.5 cm RISD Museum.

Floor mosaic fragment depicting Bacchus,
Roman, 325-330 
Limestone tesserae 117.5 × 117.5 cm
RISD Museum.

Lucrezia Panciatichi Agnolo Bronzino1540Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy(click on the image to view in high resolution)Lucrezia di Sigismondo Pucci was the wife of Bartolomeo Panciatichi, a Florentine humanist and politician, also portrayed by Bronzino in another Uffizi portrait. Giorgio Vasari describes the two portraits as: “so natural that they seem truly living”. The show of refined garments and jewelry was intended not only to underline the élite position of the woman, but also aspects of her personality through a complex symbology, including the words “Amour dure sans fin” on the golden necklace, a reference to a love treatise written for the Grand Duke of Florence, Cosimo I de’ Medici, in 1547.[more info]

Lucrezia Panciatichi
 Agnolo Bronzino
1540
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
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Lucrezia di Sigismondo Pucci was the wife of Bartolomeo Panciatichi, a Florentine humanist and politician, also portrayed by Bronzino in another Uffizi portrait. Giorgio Vasari describes the two portraits as: “so natural that they seem truly living”. The show of refined garments and jewelry was intended not only to underline the élite position of the woman, but also aspects of her personality through a complex symbology, including the words “Amour dure sans fin” on the golden necklace, a reference to a love treatise written for the Grand Duke of Florence, Cosimo I de’ Medici, in 1547.

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Portrait of Bartolomeo PanciatichiAgnolo Bronzinoc.1540Uffici Gallery(click on the image to view in high resolution)Bartolomeo Panciatichi was a Florentine humanist and politician. His wife was also portrayed by Bronzino a few years later.

Portrait of Bartolomeo Panciatichi
Agnolo Bronzino
c.1540
Uffici Gallery
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Bartolomeo Panciatichi was a Florentine humanist and politician. His wife was also portrayed by Bronzino a few years later.

The contest of Apollo and Pan