Friday 31 December 2010

Out with the Old : Various Artists

[[posterous-content:pid___3]]1) Rubens 2) Goya 3) workshop of Guercino 4) ? 5) Greek Mosaic 

[[posterous-content:pid___4]]1) Edmund Dulac 2) ? 3) Walter Beach Humphrey 4) James Allan St. John


1) John Flanagan 2 +3+4) ? 5) Keith Eager 6) Chris Riccardo

[[posterous-content:pid___7]]All - artists unknown





Thursday 30 December 2010

Apocalypse : Bocklin, Danby & Stecyznski

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]Arnold Bocklin : (1827 -1901)


Francis Danby : (1793 -1861)

[[posterous-content:pid___2]]John Steczynski 

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Tuesday 28 December 2010

The Apocalypse of Albrecht Durer


Albrecht Dürer : (1471 - 1528) German Painter and Graphic Artist.

The Apocalypse and Revelation of William Blake



William Blake : (1757-1827) English Visionary Poet, Painter & Graphic Artist

Thursday 23 December 2010


uploaded to youtube by luckystrike502


Film Title Frame
Directed by Henry Edwards
Produced by Julius Hagen
Written by H. Fowler Mear
Charles Dickens (novel)
Starring Seymour Hicks
Donald Calthrop
Robert Cochran
Mary Glynne
Garry Marsh
Oscar Asche
Marie Ney
C.V. France
Music by W.L. Trytel
Cinematography Sydney Blythe
William Luff
Editing by Ralph Kemplen
Distributed by Twickenham Film Studios
Release date(s) November 26, 1935(United Kingdom)
November 30, 1935(United States)
December 13, 1935(New York City)
Running time 78 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Shamanic Santa

 The significance of Santa Claus' red and white clothing*

"The word 'toadstool' refers to poisonous or inedible mushrooms. The Amanita muscaria toadstool, instantly recognisable for its brilliant scarlet cap with white warts, has long been used in the rituals of certain Asian societies. This use has arisen due to the psychotropic and hallucinogenic compounds contained within the toadstool. Ingestion leads to 'expanded perception', macropsia (perceiving objects as enlarged)3, rapid heartbeat, dry mouth, and the belief that one could talk directly with one's god. It is no accident that fly agaric toadstools often appear in books of fairy tales.

Fly agaric is a source of the hallucinogenic components ibotenic acid (an amino acid) and muscimol. Ibotenic acid, only present in fresh mushrooms, has insecticidal properties4. When dried, ibotenic acid degrades (decarboxylates) into muscimol5, which has ten times the potency. Taken orally, Ibotenic acid is entheogenically active6 at 50-100 mg, whilst muscimol displays activity at 10-15 mg.

The shamans7 of Siberia use Amanita muscaria for recreational or ritualistic purposes. They use a dried preparation called 'mukhomor' to speak to their gods. These people, the Kamchadales and the Koryaks, eat between one and three dried mushrooms. They believe that smaller mushrooms and those with a large quantity of small warts are more active than pale red ones and ones with fewer spots. The Koryak women chew the sun-dried agaric and roll the product into small sausages, which the men swallow. The Koryaks also eat the flesh of slaughtered reindeer which have recently eaten fly agaric, but whose psychotropic condition has subsided. In a similar fashion to the Sami, the Siberians discovered that their urine contained the active principle of the fungi and they could consume this recycled product with less of the undesirable poisonous effects of the raw toadstool.

During a mushroom-induced trance, the shaman would start to twitch and sweat before falling into a deep coma-like sleep. During his coma, the shaman's soul left his body as an animal and flew to the 'other world' where it communicated with the spirits. The shaman hoped these spirits could help him deal with major problems, such as outbreaks of sickness in the village, by imparting medical knowledge from the gods.

On awaking, the shaman found their muscular systems had been so stimulated that they were able to perform spectacular physical feats with seemingly little effort - such as making a gigantic leap to clear a small obstacle. The effect on animals was the same, and a 'bemushroomed'8 reindeer traditionally guarded each shaman.

The poorer classes, who could not afford the time to gather the toadstools, would drink the urine of the better-off, collected in bowls or skin bags. Evidence suggests the drug's hallucinogens remained effective even having passed through five or six people, and some scholars maintain that this is the true origin of the expression 'to get pissed' - rather than having anything to do with alcohol intoxication.

The fly agaric may have been one of the earliest entheogens, that is hallucinogenic substances used for religious or shamanic purposes. Such use dates back as much as 10,000 years. The oldest archaeological evidence discovered so far of mushroom use by man exists as an image in a cave in Tassili, Algeria. The image dates back to 3500BC and depicts the mushrooms with electrified auras outlining dancing shamans.

Furthermore, the fly agaric has appeared for a long time as a popular image on Christmas cards in central Europe. In Kocevye, in southern Yugoslavia, folklore tells of the Germanic god, Wotan (the king of the gods, synonymous with the Norse god, Odin) who rides on horseback through the woods on Christmas night, pursued by devils. Red and white flecks of blood and foam spray from the horse's mouth to the ground, where fly agaric toadstools emerge in the following year."

* Note : Despite what marketing moguls will have you believe, there were depictions of a red and white garbed Father Christmas prior to the advertising campaign of a certain fizzy drink*

source of text - The BBC
Image. © Andy Paciorek

All the Furry Beast for Xmas and New Year 

Tuesday 21 December 2010

Japanese Ghosts and Goblins : Various Artists

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]Utagawa Kuniyoshi


1 +2) Taisho Yoshitoshi 3) Hokusai


1) Utama Kitagawa 2) Iijima Koga 3)  Utagaw Hiroshige

[[posterous-content:pid___5]]Gōjin Ishihara  (from  the "Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters" ) 

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Monday 20 December 2010

Yuki-Onna : Various Artists

"Asleep or awake, that was the only time that I saw a being as beautiful as you. Of course, she was not a human being; and I was afraid of her,--very much afraid,--but she was so white!... Indeed, I have never been sure whether it was a dream that I saw, or the Woman of theSnow."...

from Yuki-Onna (retelling by Lafcadio Hearn of a Japanese folk-tale in the book Kwaidan )

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]Forest Rogers

[[posterous-content:pid___1]]1) Sawaki Sushi 2) ? 3) Albert M Sorrentino


1) Pat Brennan 2) Jessica Hook

by Britannica Dreams

A Japanese ghost story adapted from Lafcadio Hearn's "Yuki-Onna"(Kwaidan). One evening an old man and his young apprentice, Minokichi, get trapped in a snowstorm and take refuge in a hut. That night, Minokichi is forced to make a bargain that will later be forgotten....
Credits: directed by Michelle, narrated by Simon Taylor (Jester Media), audio production by gToon, additional audio design (snow witch) by Overman. A full list of custom content and production credits can be found here:
Filmed in The Sims 2 (Oct 2006)

Bacchus, Bacchanalia and Saturnalia : Various Artists

[[posterous-content:pid___0]][[posterous-content:pid___1]]1) Hans Van Aachen 2) Lawrence Alma Tadema 3) Caesar Van Everdingen 4) Bartolomeo Manfredi 5) Caesar Van Everdingen


1+2) Lovis Corinth 3) Paul Jean Gervais 4) Lawrence Alma Tadema 5) Celestin Medovic

[[posterous-content:pid___3]]1) Franz Von Stuck 2) Simeon Solomon 3) Dossi Dosso 4+5) Guido Reni 6) Jean Leon Gerome

[[posterous-content:pid___4]]1 + 2) Hendrik Goltzius 3) Leonardo Da Vinci 4) Charles de la Fosse

[[posterous-content:pid___5]]1) Anna Dorothea Therbusch (Liseweska) 2) Carravagio 3) Bruno Guillaume 4) Peter Paul Rubens 5) Guido Reni 6) John Collier

[[posterous-content:pid___6]]1) William Bougereau 2) Elsie Russell 3) Paul Reid 4) Annibale Carracci 5) Francheschini 6) Peter Paul Rubens 7) Cornelius de Vos 8) Nicholas Poussin

9) August Leveque 10) Richard Westall

[[posterous-content:pid___7]]Melinda Copper

Sunday 19 December 2010

Circe : Various Artists

John William Waterhouse

1) J W Waterhouse 2) Franz Von Stuck 3) Lorenzo Garbieri 4) John Collier

1) Edward Burne Jones 2) Wright Baker 3) Dosso Dossi 4) George Romney

1) Charles Hermans 2 + 3) J W Waterhouse 4) Edmund Dulac 5) Gustav Adolf Mossa

Saturday 18 December 2010

The Lyre of Orpheus : Various Artists

"At bottom the ancient, gnarled,
root of all things
upraised, hidden springs,
that are not revealed."

from Sonnets to Orpheus : by R. M. Rilke

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]1) John William Waterhouse 2) Gustave Moreau 3) Michael Putz-Richard 4) Edmund Dulac 5) Jean Delville

[[posterous-content:pid___1]]1) John William Waterhouse 2) Charles de Sousy Ricketts 3) George Watts 4) Gustave Moreau

[[posterous-content:pid___3]]1) Odilon Redon 2) R S Beal 3) Franz Von Stuck 4) Jean Raoux

[[posterous-content:pid___2]]1) Alexandre Seon 2) John Macallan Swann 3) Jacek Malczewski 4) Violet Brunton

[[posterous-content:pid___4]]1) John Roddam Stanhope Spencer 2) Melchior Lechter 3) Francesco Bassano 4) Reubens 5) G Kratzenstein

Friday 17 December 2010

Pandemonium : Various Artists

FROM the forests and highlands
        We come, we come;

from 'Hymn of Pan' - Percy Bysshe Shelley

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]1) Carlos Schwabe 2) Arnold Bocklin 3) William-Adolphe Bouguereau 4) Arnold Bocklin 5) Federico Zuccaro 6) Jean Francois de Troy 7) Sebastiano Ricci

[[posterous-content:pid___1]]1) Edward Burne-Jones 2) Grabwinkler 3) Krystal Camprumbi 4) Mikhail Vrubel 5) Hans Von Aachen 6) Dirke de Quade Van Ravesteyn 7) Antonio de Corregio

8) Jakon Jordaens 9) Jeff Lee Johnson

[[posterous-content:pid___2]]1) Mervyn Peake 2) Paul Reid 3) Jacqueline Rogers 4) Albrecht Durer

[[posterous-content:pid___3]]1) Robert Lawson 2) Max Pietschmann 3) Guillermo del Toro 4) Jonas Suyderhoef 5) ? 6) Desiderio da Firenze

"Silet per diem universus, nec sine horrore secretus est; lucet nocturnis ignibus, chorus Aegipanum undique personatur: audiuntur et cantus tibiarum, et tinnitus cymbalorum per oram maritimam."

Arthur Machen - 'The Great God Pan'

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'Piper at the Gates of Dawn' Wind in the Willows : chapter vii - Kenneth Grahame

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Thursday 16 December 2010

Love of the Gods : Agostino Carracci or Camillo Procaccino

* Note:  This post contains Erotic Art , so if that sort of thing shocks or offends you,don't look and don't say you weren't warned. 

Engravings attributed to either Agostino Carraci (1557 –  1602)

or alternatively to Camillo Procaccino  (1551 –  1629)