"A man who risks his own life to lure a woman into an adulterous affair is something…majestic."

Anna Karénina (2013)


ART HISTORY MEME || [1/6] themes or series or subjects: Greek mythology


art history meme. 2/9 paintings

The Kiss, Gustav Klimt (1907-1908).

The Kiss is one of the most iconic works from the twentieth century, and one of the most recognizable art works of all times. After visiting Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna and Venice in 1903, the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt became fascinated with the use of gold leaf in his paintings, which is when his “golden period” began. Paintings from this period of his art take on an appearance similar to medieval icons. The Kiss has a sense of horror vacui with the sheer amount of ornamentation present; no area is untouched by flowers or gold. The painting focuses on two young lovers, possibly Klimt and his partner Emilie Floege or his wife Adele Boch-Bauer, but the features are very similar to the faces of other women in his art, so it is difficult to identity them.

It captures the tenderness of love, a common theme in his other works. The woman rests her weight on the man, who gently cradles her face. They seem to be in a world completely apart from ours, anchored into a mound of flowers against a golden backdrop. The vibrant patterns and breathtaking colors make this painting incredibly popular; even before it was completely finished, the Austrian Gallery acquired it from Klimt. It currently resides in the Upper Belvedere Palace in Vienna, Austria. 

Alain Delon in L’Eclisse (1962)


Vasily Lanovoy in Alfred Zheri’s play “Le sixième étage”


Vasily Lanovoy in Alfred Zheri’s play “Le sixième étage”

Sean Connery holding a camera, early 1960s
Sean Connery holding a camera, early 1960s

My name is Charlotte Gray

Track Title: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" - I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto - Adagio

Artist: Ludwig van Beethoven

"I think… if it is true that
there are as many minds as there
are heads, then there are as many
kinds of love as there are hearts."
Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina (via feellng)

The Winged Victory of Samothrace

also called the Nike of Samothrace, is a 2nd century BC marble sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory). Since 1884, it has been prominently displayed at the Louvre and is one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world. H.W. Janson described it as “the greatest masterpiece of Hellenistic sculpture.”

Rene Magritte by Duane Michals

Rene Magritte by Duane Michals

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier at the 1939 Oscars


Some Official Cannes Film Festival Posters (click on the images for caption)

Paintings in Detail: Knights and Maidens, part II

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