"And men said that the blood of the stars flowed in her veins."
Corsican vendetta knife with floral detail
"may all your wounds be mortal"
A year ago I got to illustrate one of the endings in Ryan North’s brilliant Hamlet choose-your-own-path book To Be or Not To Be. These are all things you may be able to find outside right now (if you can bear to put down this amazing book).
"When god became lonely
he created man,
Or was it
When man became lonely
he created god."
Moonlight, Isle of Shoals - Childe Hassam
Frederick Sandys “May Sandys” (1866)
"Your library is your portrait."
An unknown lady, Margaret Pole?
"We think of men as antiheroes, as capable of occupying an intense and fascinating moral grey area; of being able to fall, and rise, and fall again, but still be worthy of love on some fundamental level, because if it was the world and its failings that broke them, then we surely must owe them some sympathy. But women aren’t allowed to be broken by the world; or if we are, it’s the breaking that makes us villains. Wronged women turn into avenging furies, inhuman and monstrous: once we cross to the dark side, we become adversaries to be defeated, not lost souls in need of mending. Which is what happens, when you let benevolent sexism invest you in the idea that women are humanity’s moral guardians and men its native renegades: because if female goodness is only ever an inherent quality – something we’re born both with and to be – then once lost, it must necessarily be lost forever, a severed limb we can’t regrow. Whereas male goodness, by virtue of being an acquired quality – something bestowed through the kindness of women, earned through right action or learned through struggle – can just as necessarily be gained and lost multiple times without being tarnished, like a jewel we might pawn in hardship, and later reclaim."
Muslim Lady Reclining
Oil on Canvas, 55.9 x 69.9 cm.
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.