1. "La Grande Danse macabre des vifs" (1905), a work by Martin van Maële - a French artist from the 20th century, renowned for his work in the field of erotic literature - composed by four series of ten satirical and erotic illustrations in which sexuality is linked to death, making fun of the catholic misconception of it. "La Grande Danse macabre des vifs" (1905), a work by Martin van Maële - a French artist from the 20th century, renowned for his work in the field of erotic literature - composed by four series of ten satirical and erotic illustrations in which sexuality is linked to death, making fun of the catholic misconception of it. "La Grande Danse macabre des vifs" (1905), a work by Martin van Maële - a French artist from the 20th century, renowned for his work in the field of erotic literature - composed by four series of ten satirical and erotic illustrations in which sexuality is linked to death, making fun of the catholic misconception of it. "La Grande Danse macabre des vifs" (1905), a work by Martin van Maële - a French artist from the 20th century, renowned for his work in the field of erotic literature - composed by four series of ten satirical and erotic illustrations in which sexuality is linked to death, making fun of the catholic misconception of it. "La Grande Danse macabre des vifs" (1905), a work by Martin van Maële - a French artist from the 20th century, renowned for his work in the field of erotic literature - composed by four series of ten satirical and erotic illustrations in which sexuality is linked to death, making fun of the catholic misconception of it. "La Grande Danse macabre des vifs" (1905), a work by Martin van Maële - a French artist from the 20th century, renowned for his work in the field of erotic literature - composed by four series of ten satirical and erotic illustrations in which sexuality is linked to death, making fun of the catholic misconception of it. "La Grande Danse macabre des vifs" (1905), a work by Martin van Maële - a French artist from the 20th century, renowned for his work in the field of erotic literature - composed by four series of ten satirical and erotic illustrations in which sexuality is linked to death, making fun of the catholic misconception of it. "La Grande Danse macabre des vifs" (1905), a work by Martin van Maële - a French artist from the 20th century, renowned for his work in the field of erotic literature - composed by four series of ten satirical and erotic illustrations in which sexuality is linked to death, making fun of the catholic misconception of it.

    "La Grande Danse macabre des vifs" (1905), a work by Martin van Maële - a French artist from the 20th century, renowned for his work in the field of erotic literature - composed by four series of ten satirical and erotic illustrations in which sexuality is linked to death, making fun of the catholic misconception of it.

  2. "The Bathers" (1875) - Gustave Clarence Rodolphe Boulanger "A Favourite Custom" (1909) - Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema "The Bathers" (1875) - Gustave Clarence Rodolphe Boulanger "A Favourite Custom" (1909) - Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

    "The Bathers" (1875) - Gustave Clarence Rodolphe Boulanger 
    "A Favourite Custom" (1909) - Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

  3. blackpaint20:

The Witches Sabbath is a work by Louis Boulanger, French, 1806-1867, and illustrates a poem by his countryman, Victor Hugo. Boulander was a Romantic painter, lithographer and illustrator.

    blackpaint20:

    The Witches Sabbath is a work by Louis Boulanger, French, 1806-1867, and illustrates a poem by his countryman, Victor Hugo. Boulander was a Romantic painter, lithographer and illustrator.

  4. "Bacchante Enivree" (1882) - Adolphe-Alexandre LesrelOpera di Milo Manara "Bacchante Enivree" (1882) - Adolphe-Alexandre LesrelOpera di Milo Manara

    "Bacchante Enivree" (1882) - Adolphe-Alexandre Lesrel

    Opera di Milo Manara

  5. 
I am very sad to report that Carla Laemmle, one of our last direct links to the world of silent cinema, has passed away at 104.
Born in 1909 with the given name Rebecca, she later changed her name to Carla. The niece of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle, she danced as the prima ballerina in The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and spoke the first line of dialogue in the first sound horror film, Dracula (1931). May she rest in peace and be forever remembered.

    I am very sad to report that Carla Laemmle, one of our last direct links to the world of silent cinema, has passed away at 104.

    Born in 1909 with the given name Rebecca, she later changed her name to Carla. The niece of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle, she danced as the prima ballerina in The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and spoke the first line of dialogue in the first sound horror film, Dracula (1931). May she rest in peace and be forever remembered.

    (Source: nitratediva, via bitchwitched)

  6. 
Life and Death Contrasted (c.1770)
A striking image from the British engraver and publisher Valentine Green, illustrating the idea that life, with all its frivolity and distractions (symbolised by the romance novel, parlour games, and high society lady in all her finery) is in fact – echoing the sentiment of Ecclesiastes (quoted on the obelisk) – nothing but “vanity”, all lives as they do inevitably ending in death. (via)

    Life and Death Contrasted (c.1770)

    A striking image from the British engraver and publisher Valentine Green, illustrating the idea that life, with all its frivolity and distractions (symbolised by the romance novel, parlour games, and high society lady in all her finery) is in fact – echoing the sentiment of Ecclesiastes (quoted on the obelisk) – nothing but “vanity”, all lives as they do inevitably ending in death. (via)

    (Source: vintagegal, via deforest)

  7. Circle Limit with Butterflies (1950) - M. C. Escher

    Circle Limit with Butterflies (1950) - M. C. Escher

  8. Body of a woman, white hills, white thighs,you look like a world, lying in surrender.My rough peasant’s body digs in youand makes the son leap from the depth of the earth.I was lone like a tunnel. The birds fled from me,and nigh swamped me with its crushing invasion.To survive myself I forged you like a weapon,like an arrow in my bow, a stone in my sling.But the hour of vengeance falls, and I love you.Body of skin, of moss, of eager and firm milk.Oh the goblets of the breast! Oh the eyes of absence!Oh the roses of the pubis! Oh your voice, slow and sad!Body of my woman, I will persist in your grace.My thirst, my boundless desire, my shifting road!Dark river-beds where the eternal thirst flowsand weariness follows, and the infinite ache.
- Pablo Neruda
Drawing by Milo Manara

    Body of a woman, white hills, white thighs,
    you look like a world, lying in surrender.
    My rough peasant’s body digs in you
    and makes the son leap from the depth of the earth.

    I was lone like a tunnel. The birds fled from me,
    and nigh swamped me with its crushing invasion.
    To survive myself I forged you like a weapon,
    like an arrow in my bow, a stone in my sling.

    But the hour of vengeance falls, and I love you.
    Body of skin, of moss, of eager and firm milk.
    Oh the goblets of the breast! Oh the eyes of absence!
    Oh the roses of the pubis! Oh your voice, slow and sad!

    Body of my woman, I will persist in your grace.
    My thirst, my boundless desire, my shifting road!
    Dark river-beds where the eternal thirst flows
    and weariness follows, and the infinite ache.

    - Pablo Neruda

    Drawing by Milo Manara

  9. "Athenais" (1890) - John William Godward

    "Athenais" (1890) - John William Godward

  10. 
"I was actually quite a cool kid. I was not tough. I was certainly independent and bold. I was never teased. I never had any trouble from anybody… I was never satisfied. I had trouble sleeping. I didn’t really fit. I always feel that I’m searching for something deeper, something more… You want to meet other people that challenge you with ideas or with power or with passion. I wanted to live very fully. I wanted to live many lives and explore many things." - Angelina Jolie

    "I was actually quite a cool kid. I was not tough. I was certainly independent and bold. I was never teased. I never had any trouble from anybody… I was never satisfied. I had trouble sleeping. I didn’t really fit. I always feel that I’m searching for something deeper, something more… You want to meet other people that challenge you with ideas or with power or with passion. I wanted to live very fully. I wanted to live many lives and explore many things." - Angelina Jolie

    (Source: queen-angelina, via grantcary)