William Blake, The Ghost of a Flea c.1819-20
"John Varley – an artist, astrologer and close friend of Blake – reported in his Treatise on Zodiacal Physiognomy (1882) that Blake once had a spiritual vision of a ghost of a flea and that ‘This spirit visited his imagination in such a figure as he never anticipated in an insect.’ While drawing the spirit it told the artist that all fleas were inhabited by the souls of men who were ‘by nature bloodthirsty to excess’. In the painting it holds a cup for blood-drinking and stares eagerly towards it. Blake’s amalgamation of man and beast suggests a human character marred by animalistic traits.”
All done with this one.
Can also be heard here: to make a star with five branches.
The 2014 Poetry book from the Pre-Raphaelite Society a little something to celebrate world book day
Exerts of poems within the book and images that illustrate some of it’s text. The cover illustration is by myself and is based on Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market.
Polaroid of espresso cup and book
The Death of Chatterton, Henry Wallis, 1856. Contagion by Caroline Ashley.
April Love, Arthur Hughes. April Love by Nicollette Foreman.
Portrait of D.G Rossetti by W.H Hunt, the poem is not a direct response to this picture but is about Rossetti and Kelmscott Manor. Kelmscott by Verity Holloway.
more information on the book: http://t.co/jqn4puRjL8
Being quoted next to my favourite portrait of DGR has made this migraine-y day so much better.
Pretty sure this is the Mill Road cemetery, behind my old Uni in Cambridge.
Rare images of The Holy Trinity
This depiction of the Holy Trinity is also popular among the Latin Christians. I’ve seen versions of it in Spanish, Italian, and Latin American iconographic traditions.
Opening this Friday, March 7th at Bunnycutlet Gallery in Brooklyn, New York is the two person show “The Devil’s Garden" which features work by artist Anthony Freda. You can check out an extended preview of Freda’s work below:
In 1998 Sam Taylor-Wood appropriated a portrayal of Chatterton by Henry Wallis which he painted in 1856
Happy Birthday Sam Taylor-Wood
A Monk Descending a Staircase, Johannes Bosboom. Dutch (1817 - 1891)
Félix Thiollier (1842-1914).
Figure contemplating the mountains of Menzenc (Emma Thiollier, daughter of the photographer)
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