Skull lyres such as the ones in the header were made by an indigenous entrepreneur for selling to the Europeans as authentic stuff from the dark, savage continent, and they have baffled scholars for over two centuries. And I think it’s just hilarious. You can take a look at them today on my Patreon.
The Art of the Day on my Patreon is Henry Fusely’s “The Night-Hag Visiting Lapland Witches”, an illustration to a passage from Milton’s “Paradise Lost”. One can always resort to Mr. Fusely when looking for spooky stuff, isn’t that right?
When it comes to spooky mermaids, there’s very little stuff that can match Elizabeth Jerichau-Baumann’s paintings. We take a look at them today on my Patreon.
For many of us, fall is the best season and October is the best month, leading up to all things spooky. Many people out there are creating prompts for artists and all people creative (check this out from WorldAnvil last year, for instance) and prompts are always a good place to start when you feel […]
The witch of Endor is one of the many characters described in the Bible that are connected with magic, divination, and stuff that you superficially wouldn’t expect to find in the Bible. She appears in the First Book of Samuel, although she’s absent from the Book of Sirach where the same events are told. I […]
Thanks to this blog post, I found you a couple more tales to go for this winter. The first one features in Alexander Afanasyef’s collected Russian tales and is called Morozko, or Father Frost. It’s a classic trope, also found in tales about Frau Holle: a personified winter meets two characters and either punishes them […]
Well, we spent Caturday evening watching a new movie with Benedict Cumberbatch on Prime: The Electrical Life of Louis Wain. It revolves around the figure of a British painter and illustrator specialized in animals, who created scandal and eventually started sketching cats posing as humans (or is it the other way around?), eventually ending up […]
Agrippina was the daughter of general Germanicus, a popular guy, and the youngest sister of future emperor Caligula, a far less popular guy, but she’s mostly famous for being the mother of emperor Nero. And we all know how that one went. She’s given credit for several assassinations in order to grant his son the […]
Octavia was the eldest sister of Augustus and the fourth wife of Mark Anthony, whom she married by decree of the Senate in 40 b.C. The approval of the Senate was necessary because, at the time of the marriage, she was pregnant with her first husband, senator Gaius Claudius Marcellus, one of the most vehement […]
Cloelia was a woman who was allegedly taken hostage, along with other Roman women, by the Etruscan king Lars Porsena during his war against Rome around 508 b.C. In some other versions, instead of being taken hostage, she was given by the Romans as a tribute. Regardless of the version, it is said that she […]