1. soverylittlehoneybee:

    An attempt to reconstruct the apperance of a high-status mycenaean woman.

    It’s possible that mycenaean women of high social status, noblewomen and priestesses, painted their faces for ceremonial occasions, using white lead. Such make-up would give their face mask-like appearance, letting temporarily remove the individual behind said mask and play a certain role instead.

    The Ancient Worlds with Bettany Hughes: Helen of Troy

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  2. twoak:

    Fillette et Fillette nue promenant dans la rue, René Magritte

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  3. 16chakras:

    Jacob Christian Poen de Wijs, 1948

     
  4. centuriespast:

    Decadrachm

    SYRAKOSION Head of Arethusa l., four dolphins around; traces of the artist’s signature below (EYAINE, of which N visible).; Quadriga l. driven by charioteer with goad, above Nike flying r., about to crown charioteer; in ex., shield, greaves, cuirass and helmet.

    Syracuse, Sicily

    Classical Greek Period

    Date Made: 405-345 BC

    Penn Museum

     
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  6. Joseph Kirkpatrick (1872-1930)
    Ophélie

    (Source: fontan-elle, via jonilover)

     
  7. inneroptics:

    Peter Paul Rubens, 1618-19

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  8. fotojournalismus:

    Faces of Tibet by Steve McCurry

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  9. 16chakras:

    Aloïs Hans Schram (Austrian, 1864-1919)

     
  10. 16chakras:

    Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola) 1908–2001

     
  11. hadrian6:

    Detail : Venus Callipyge - Aphrodite Kallipygos. 1st.century AD. Roman. marble. National Archaeological Museum. Naples.

    http://hadrian6.tumblr.com

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  12. homosexualityandcivilization:

    [Picture: Anasyromenos statuette, ancient Roman in origin. Artist unknown.]

    Aphroditus was a deity whose worship originated in Cyprus - specifically the city of Amathus - and eventually spread to Athens. Often described as a ‘male’ Aphrodite or Venus, the deity is actually supposed to be a fusion of both male and female, in a capacity that produced new divine power.

    Statues in the pose above - άνασυρόμενος (anasyromenos) - are copying a gesture said to have apotropaic qualities, which deflected misfortune and could bestow good luck.

    Macrobius, a writer in 5th century Rome, spoke of Aphroditus’ worship in his book, the Saturnalia:

    There’s also a statue of Venus on Cyprus, that’s bearded, shaped and dressed like a woman, with scepter and male genitals, and they conceive her as both male and female. Aristophanes calls her Aphroditus, and Laevius says: Worshiping, then, the nurturing god Venus, whether she is male or female, just as the Moon is a nurturing goddess. In his Atthis Philochorus, too, states that she is the Moon and that men sacrifice to her in women’s dress, women in men’s, because she is held to be both male and female.

    The association of a fused divinity with the moon was considered to have powerful influence over fertilization, giving a blessing to crops and animals alike. In later years, the origin of Aphroditus was retooled, becoming the child of Hermes and Aphrodite who fused with a water nymph and as such developed the same abilities as the Cyprian predecessor.

    (Source: books.google.com, via kukashkin)

     
  13. darksilenceinsuburbia:

    Albrecht Dürer

    Nemesis (The Great Fortune)

    Engraving

    1501-02

     
  14. museum-of-artifacts:

    2000 year old Egyptian 20 sided die with Greek characters. 2nd century B.C.–4th century A.D.

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  15. centuriespast:

    DEGAS, Edgar
    Spartan Girl
    c. 1860
    Pencil on paper, 229 x 360 mm
    Musée d’Orsay, Paris

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