cloudy symbols of a high romance

Source: camelionpoet

art history meme— 1/9 paintings 
phaedra by alexandre cabanel

phaedra is a woman from greek mythology. sister to ariadne, theseus chooses her over her sister upon returning from crete (their homeland), abandoning ariadne on the island of naxos. back in athena, he marries phaedra. there she meets theseus’ son with an amazon (either hippolyta or her sister antiope), hippolytus. according to the myth, during theseus’ absence, phaedra fell madly in love with her son-in-law, believing this love had been cursed by aphrodite. hippolytus rejected the woman’s advances, which provoked her wrath. upon theseus’ return, phaedra’s handmaid told him his son tried to rape her - hippolytus denied everything, but his father banished him all the same. devastated, phaedra eventually told the truth before poisoning herself. theseus called for his son, but he had been killed on the road. 

Source: anna-chancellor

FAIRYTALE MEME:9 Heroines - [4/9] Bluebeard’s Wife   “ In short, everything succeeded so well that the youngest daughter began to think that the man’s beard was not so very blue after all, and that he was a mighty civil gentleman.”

FAIRYTALE MEME:
9 Heroines - [4/9] Bluebeard’s Wife
   In short, everything succeeded so well that the youngest daughter began to think that the man’s beard was not so very blue after all, and that he was a mighty civil gentleman.

Source: lady-arryn
The reconstruction of Richard III’s head is doing the rounds of the UK at the moment, and right now it happens to be located at the British Museum, so I thought I’d pop along and take a look at it in the flesh, as it were. (sadly my photos are a bit terrible, because the reflections on the glass get in the way!)
I’ve always been suspicious of the Josephine Tey attitude that Richard doesn’t look like the kind of person who could have had his nephews murdered, because, what, he’d need to resemble the Shakespearean version of himself to be capable of that?!  I thought equating the beautiful and the good went out with the Victorians.  However.  However, it’s undeniably a sensitive, thoughtful, intelligent face, one suited to study and contemplation; he doesn’t look impulsive and hot-blooded in the way that, say, Edward or Warwick were, but gentle and approachable. (which means absolutely nothing in terms of his nephews, but I can see how it might bring you up short.) 
Also - without wanting to be too creepy and Philippa Langley about it - it’s an attractive face; not perfectly handsome, despite the killer Neville bone structure (seriously, all medieval representations seem to cast that family with ridiculous cheekbones, cf. the weepers on Richard Beauchamp’s tomb) because the chin throws everything off and the mouth is slightly too close to the nose, but far better-looking than I’d ever thought about or expected.Sadly the head only came with a couple of other bits and pieces, rather than the full exhibition that’s been seen elsewhere - so no Middleham Jewel! - but I was glad to get the chance to see it nonetheless.

The reconstruction of Richard III’s head is doing the rounds of the UK at the moment, and right now it happens to be located at the British Museum, so I thought I’d pop along and take a look at it in the flesh, as it were. (sadly my photos are a bit terrible, because the reflections on the glass get in the way!)

I’ve always been suspicious of the Josephine Tey attitude that Richard doesn’t look like the kind of person who could have had his nephews murdered, because, what, he’d need to resemble the Shakespearean version of himself to be capable of that?!  I thought equating the beautiful and the good went out with the Victorians.  However.  However, it’s undeniably a sensitive, thoughtful, intelligent face, one suited to study and contemplation; he doesn’t look impulsive and hot-blooded in the way that, say, Edward or Warwick were, but gentle and approachable. (which means absolutely nothing in terms of his nephews, but I can see how it might bring you up short.) 

Also - without wanting to be too creepy and Philippa Langley about it - it’s an attractive face; not perfectly handsome, despite the killer Neville bone structure (seriously, all medieval representations seem to cast that family with ridiculous cheekbones, cf. the weepers on Richard Beauchamp’s tomb) because the chin throws everything off and the mouth is slightly too close to the nose, but far better-looking than I’d ever thought about or expected.

Sadly the head only came with a couple of other bits and pieces, rather than the full exhibition that’s been seen elsewhere - so no Middleham Jewel! - but I was glad to get the chance to see it nonetheless.