After identifying Judith you might ask, okay so how do you know if it's Salome? It's a little easier. But unlike Judith Salome is a pawn. But from famous paintings, you might not think so.
This is a bit of a defence of Salome. Yes, she probably shouldn't be asking for the heads of holy people, but let us look at the source text before coming to conclusions.
A few weeks ago I went to the Harry Ransom Center in Austin. They have an excellent section dedicated to new acquisitions. (And boy does it acquire.) I saw an Aubrey Beardsley piece from afar and went to look at it. But it wasn't Beardsley's.
It was William Faulkner's.
How did Montmartre become the destination for café-concerts? How did it influence and inspire Rodolphe Salis? What makes Le Chat Noir cabaret unique?
You know the sign by Steinlein. But do you know it's history? It's vast, it's strange, and it's often overlooked.
In my case, it's a resounding yes. Truth be told I cry in almost every animated movie, so it's not exactly hard to move me. But I have felt like a bit of a weirdo when I'm crying at a gallery. Art in person can be an entirely overwhelming experience. It's cliche but seeing art… Continue reading Does Art Make You Cry?
The Queen of Sheba has always been an ungraspable figure in my imagination, a multi-faceted enigmatic goddess that whips away as soon as you begin to grasp her. But did you know she had hairy legs?
Two figures stand out as the exact opposite of hairless - Mary of Egypt and Mary Magdalene. Both women were licentious in their youth and both gave it up when they came to Christ. And both are depicted as practically wearing a pelt of hair.