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15th century Italian manuscript detail of Gothic initial and lower border. (x)

2 hours ago with 2057 notes — via droo216, © mashamorevna
#illustration



thenarratologist:

READING LIST: Maritime Adventures
There is something about the open ocean that has intrigued artists since man first learned to build a boat. Surviving at sea is a battle with nature, with the gods, with your other crew members, or with yourself (and if you’re Odysseus, all of them at once).
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thenarratologist:

READING LIST: Maritime Adventures

There is something about the open ocean that has intrigued artists since man first learned to build a boat. Surviving at sea is a battle with nature, with the gods, with your other crew members, or with yourself (and if you’re Odysseus, all of them at once).

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fuckyeahvintageillustration:

'The comedies of William Shakespeare' with many drawings by Edwin A. Abbey. Published 1896 by Harper and Brothers, New York.
See the complete book here.
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#illustration



ART HISTORY MEME || [2/4] colors: Green

1 day ago with 468 notes — via daanielasm
#painting



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#photography



thenarratologist:

READING LIST: Tuberculosis
Remember how Victorians thought tuberculosis was the ultimate Romantic disease?
In the 1800s, TB (or “consumption” as it was known then) was considered to be a desirable way to die because it was the sign of a delicate, sophisticated soul. Looking like a TB patient even became the height of Victorian fashion; women would paint little veins on the side of their face and drink vinegar in an attempt to bleach their skin and become as pale as possible (as immortalised in this Horrible Histories sketch). In her book Illness as Metaphor, Susan Sontag argues that our current obsession with skinny models is a trend rooted in this consumption craze.
TB was a particularly popular way to kill off characters in nineteenth-century literature. Authors delighted in glorified descriptions of trembling men and women with gigantic dark eyes who had somehow become wiser and even saint-like through their condition (usually glossing over the less attractive aspects like the excruciating pain and the smell).
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thenarratologist:

READING LIST: Tuberculosis

Remember how Victorians thought tuberculosis was the ultimate Romantic disease?

In the 1800s, TB (or “consumption” as it was known then) was considered to be a desirable way to die because it was the sign of a delicate, sophisticated soul. Looking like a TB patient even became the height of Victorian fashion; women would paint little veins on the side of their face and drink vinegar in an attempt to bleach their skin and become as pale as possible (as immortalised in this Horrible Histories sketch). In her book Illness as Metaphor, Susan Sontag argues that our current obsession with skinny models is a trend rooted in this consumption craze.

TB was a particularly popular way to kill off characters in nineteenth-century literature. Authors delighted in glorified descriptions of trembling men and women with gigantic dark eyes who had somehow become wiser and even saint-like through their condition (usually glossing over the less attractive aspects like the excruciating pain and the smell).

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2 days ago with 145 notes — via the-library-and-step-on-it, © thenarratologist
#literature



artbeautypaintings:

The swing - Edouard Bisson

artbeautypaintings:

The swing - Edouard Bisson

3 days ago with 724 notes — via artbeautypaintings
#painting



Are you trying to save my soul?

3 days ago with 4015 notes — via droo216, © ashleybensons
#the fall #movie



ART HISTORY MEME || [1/4] colors: Blue

5 days ago with 10827 notes — via daanielasm
#painting



thenarratologist:

READING LIST: Doppelgänger
One of my favourite tropes: the doppelgänger! The word is borrowed from the German language and translates as “double walker.” It is a figure that is physically nearly identical (either a twin or of supernatural origin) to someone else, usually the protagonist. These stories tend to center around the double creating conflict and the protagonist trying to contain the damage while suffering the consequences (“that wasn’t me, it was my evil twin!“). The doppelgänger often functions as a dark double, the embodiment of things the protagonist has tried to suppress in himself.
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thenarratologist:

READING LIST: Doppelgänger

One of my favourite tropes: the doppelgänger! The word is borrowed from the German language and translates as “double walker.” It is a figure that is physically nearly identical (either a twin or of supernatural origin) to someone else, usually the protagonist. These stories tend to center around the double creating conflict and the protagonist trying to contain the damage while suffering the consequences (“that wasn’t me, it was my evil twin!“). The doppelgänger often functions as a dark double, the embodiment of things the protagonist has tried to suppress in himself.

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5 days ago with 84 notes — via the-library-and-step-on-it, © thenarratologist
#literature