Friday, April 18, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Red Fox

Victor Liu ~ Red Fox Near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada @Smithsonian Magazine

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Portrait of the narcissist as a con artist

The pathological narcissist is described in the DSM-IV (1994), by Kohut (1977) and by Kernberg (1990). Kernberg (1990) notes that "the main characteristics of these narcissistic personalities are grandiosity, extreme self-centeredness, and a remarkable absence of interest in and empathy for others in spite of the fact that they are so very eager to obtain admiration and approval from other people" (228-229). He further describes such persons as being very envious of others' possessions or other's apparent contentment, emotionally shallow, seemingly unable to understand complex emotions exhibited by others and as displaying few emotions and being capable of feeling sad or depressed. What may look like depression when they are disappointed by others is anger, resentment and a desire for revenge instead of genuine sadness.
The Destructive Narcissistic Pattern by Nina W. Brown  

 Salvador Dalí ~ Metamorphosis of Narcissus, 1937
[Tate Modern, London]

Soon after this painting was completed, Dali published a poem and essay entitled The Metamorphosis of Narcissus in which he related that in Catalonia the phrase “To have a bulb in the head” means to suffer from a psychological complex.  The painter then went on to state that “If a man has a bulb in the head it might break into flower at any moment.  Narcissus!” 
The Life and Masterworks of Salvador Dalí by Eric Shanes

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Mannerist

Giuseppe Arcimboldo ~ Sketch for a Visored Helmet, 1585

In 1585, Arcimboldo created the Florentine folios, which he gifted to Rudolf II; one hundred and fifty drawings collected together in a red leather portfolio, with a dedication in Latin which translates to:

    To the indomitable Emperor, his eternal and beloved Sovereign and Majesty Rudolf II.  From Giuseppe Arcimboldo of Milan, of multiple and varied ideas conceived by his own hand for the provision of tournaments.  In the year of grace, 1585.

This collection contained several drawings and sketches which Arcimboldo created for royal celebrations, pageantry, festivals, and processions.  The majority of these drawings were created in pencil and blue wash, with subjects ranging from animals such as elephants and dragons, to objects such as carriages and sleds.  other drawings depicted theatrical costumes, worn by members of court who assisted in the parades, accompanied by inscriptions to explain their functions.  For the liberal arts, for example, he designed a robe for Geometry, inscribed above:  “Geometry under the auspices of Archimedes the Sicilian and Archita the Calabrian.  Grey robe,” a robe for Astrology, notated: “Astrology under the auspices of Ptolemy the Alexandrian and Julius Hyginus the Roman.  White robe edged in red with golden stars.”  The majority of the designs, which are in Vienna and in Florence, were studies in preparation for the celebrations of the marriage of Archduke Charles of Syria and Maria Anna of Bavaria.  Fonteo gave a poetic account of it, including a long description of the festival, of the procession, and of the ceremony.  With his help, Arcimboldo designed the show, glorifying the patronage of the emperor.

Arcimboldo By Liana De Girolami Cheney

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Equality of the genders

Anna Severska? from the Monte Carlo Russian Ballet sunbathing on a floating air mattress, ca. 1936-1937
[National Library of Australia]

Wednesday, April 9, 2014