Mors Triumphans, 17th c.
František Hudeček (Czech, 1909-1990), Walker, 1947. Oil on hardboard, 42 x 36 cm.
Angel Towering Over Man and Woman, 1904-5
Charles Chaplin (1825-1891)
Jeune fille aux seins nus
oil on canvas
Medieval Dances - The Egg Dance
The Egg dance was one of the earliest Saxon Medieval dances and, like the Carole, was performed during a period of festivity namely the Easter-tide festivities. The egg dance was derived from a traditional Easter game, in the egg dance eggs were laid on the ground or floor and the goal was to dance among them damaging as few eggs as possible.
image: The Egg Dance by Pieter Brueghel the Younger
The ‘Beth-Shan’ Bust, Roman Marble Double Herm, Eastern Mediterranean, Circa 2nd-3rd Century AD
Sold for $388,130
Carved from marmo lunense with the opposing heads of Bacchus and Ariadne, each with the shapely lips parted revealing teeth, the eyes with drilled tear-ducts, incised irises and drilled crescentic pupils gazing upwards, each with a sharp arching brow ridge and straight nose, Bacchus wearing a fillet across his forehead, the centrally parted hair dressed with a rich garland of ivy leaves with two frontal clusters of berries, and vine leaves and bunches of grapes hanging down behind the ears, Ariadne with softer features and a fuller face, her wavy hair centrally parted and dressed with delicate ivy berries and leaves.
Although originally thought to be of Hellenistic manufacture, circa 300 BC, as indicated on the accompanying wooden plaque, it is more likely that this double herm is Roman in date. The depiction of Bacchus, or as he is more often referred, Dionysos, is not an uncommon subject for herms and was variously replicated in Roman times, showing the god similarly bedecked and garlanded. Although influenced by the Hellenistic style, this herm is not in the true sense a copy of a Hellenistic original, but rather a free decorative creation by a classicising sculptor. The carving of the faces and the treatment of the eyes in particular point to a mid 2nd 3rd Century AD date. Historically speaking a Roman date would also correspond to the expansion of the city of Beth Shan at this time, when impressive monumental sculptures, such as this, would have been erected.
True Grit  directed by Joel & Ethan CoenYou must pay for everything in this world, one way and another. There is nothing free except the grace of God.
Aleksandr Kuprin - Still Life
Aleksandr Kuprin. A Still-Life with a Dark-Blue Tray. 1914