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ornamentedbeing:

aycakes:

snickerfig:

ornamentedbeing:

The most intriguing duel fought between women, and the sole one that featured exposed breasts, took place in August 1892 in Verduz, the capitol of Liechtenstein, between Princess Pauline Metternich and the Countess Kielmannsegg. It has gone down in history as the first “emancipated duel” because all parties involved, including the principals and their seconds were female… Before the proceedings began, the baroness pointed out that many insignificant injuries in duels often became septic due to strips of clothing being driven into the wound by the point of a sword. To counter this danger she prudently suggested that both parties should fight stripped of any garments above the waist. Certainly, Baroness Lubinska was ahead of her time, taking an even more radical take on the (at the time) widely dismissed theories of British surgeon Joseph Lister, who in 1870 revolutionized surgical procedures with the introduction of antiseptic. 

With the precautions Baroness Lubinska recommended, the topless women duelists were less likely to suffer from an infection; indeed, it was a smart idea to fight semiclad. Given the practicality of the baroness’ suggestion and the “emancipated” nature of the duel, it was agreed that the women would disrobe—after all, there would be no men present to ogle them. For the women, the decision to unbutton the tops of their dresses was not sexual; it was simply a way of preventing a duel of first blood from becoming a duel to the death.

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It is humorous that most recounts of this historic event fail to mention two important things: the winner of the duel (Princess Metternich) and the reason why the women came to arms in the first place—they disagreed over the floral arrangements for an upcoming musical exhibition.

otterbeans:

The first rule of topless victorian ladies swordfighting club is that topless victorian ladies swordfighting club is not to be mentioned in mixed company.

The second rule is naught but an emphatic repeating of the first.

I’M TELLING YOU PINK IS HIDEOUS!

/WHIPS OUT SWORD.

TAKE OFF YOUR SHIRT. WE’RE SETTLING THIS WITH A DUEL. 

Seriously some of the comments on this thread are epic.


fashionsfromhistory:

Torah Crown

c.1740-1750

Italy

Exceptional for its size and precious material, this Torah crown is a rare survival of 18th-century Italian silver and a testimony to the artistic virtuosity of goldsmithing in Venice. In synagogues the scroll of the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, is often decorated with a set of vestments and silver ornaments including a crown or finials, and a shield. The crown augments the Torah’s status as an object associated with royalty and speaks to the centrality of the Torah in Jewish life. The motifs depicted include ritual references such as priestly garments, a miniature temple, a menorah, and the Tablets of the Law, the latter engraved in Hebrew with the Ten Commandments. Such rich embellishment is indicative of the wealth and influential status of the Jewish congregation in the Venetian city state. The maker, Andrea Zambelli, is known to have made a wide range of ritual Judaica as well as religious silver for the local churches. A later inscription in Hebrew documents that this “crown of glory, and diadem of beauty” [Isaiah 28:5], was given by the philanthropist and president of the Jewish community in Padua, Gabriel Trieste, to his congregation in the mid-19th century. (The MET)

MET


This is amazing. I doubt most college freshmen would fail this test these days! It’s sad what’s happened to the education system.


soyouthinkyoucansee:

 ( Fondue pour cette) Poupee de Cire

-wax puppet-

by Henry Guillaume Schlesinger    

Date painted- 1870


ancientart:

Ancient Etruscan golden Jewellery

Courtesy & currently located at the Louvre, France. Photo taken by mararie


soyouthinkyoucansee:

Willem II prince of Orange and Maria Stuart

Willem II (1626-50), prins van Oranje, en zijn echtgenote

Maria Stuart (1631-60)

( 1647, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)  

abstractbody:

abstractbody:

do you think artists in the middle ages had sketchbooks?

whenever im looking at art like in the renaissance period, its always glorious finished paintings

i want to see what they drew in math class

never

fucking

mind




centuriespast:

UCCELLO, Paolo
Portrait of a Lady
1450s
Oil on canvas, 39 x 26 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


ancientart:

Etruscan Agate Scarab, circa 4th-3rd Century BC


jaded-mandarin:

 Élisabeth Charlotte d’Orléans as Venus about to bind the wings of Cupid - Pierre Gobert, 1697.

What kind of evil bitch would bind the wings of a baby god? And how selfish do you have to be, to prevent anyone else from falling in love?


centuriespast:

HOLBEIN, Hans the Younger
St Ursula
c. 1523
Tempera on wood, 96,4 x 41,9 cm
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe


23silence:

Henry Oliver Walker - The new moon, 1889


ancientart:

Ancient Roman floor mosaics at the Milreu ruins.

Photo courtesy carltonhobbs


cumber-porn:

bonhwa:

tugamaggie:

callmekitto:

raggedymind:

littledidxeknow:

todaylour:

andthroughthemosstheivycreeps:

impuretale:

beatrixspoke:

saaaaaasha:

hey guys

that is carved

 from MARBLE

THAT IS A ROCK

WAT

I have no idea how the artist manages to make it looks like not just cloth, but TRANSPARENT cloth. Amazing.

Hey Guys this is a sculpture of a Vestal Virgin, carved during the roman empire. its my favorite and is pretty fucking awesome. 

Blown away

I had the same reaction when I saw this motherfucker in the Louvre

I walked around that hunk of orgasm rock for a good ten minutes trying to figure out HOW.

b-but that’s not how rocks work???!!?

FUCKING BERNINI THO

FUCKING

BERNINI

Veiled Lady by *Bonhwa

totally amazing!


centuriespast:

Eglée Auguie Ney, duchese d’Elchingen, 1st Princess de la Moskowa (1782-1856)

François Pascal Simon Gérard (1770-1837)

1808

The Albany Institute of History and Art

God they knew how to dress back then…I was so born in the wrong time period.



My seemingly random obsessions, lots of Thor, Loki, The Avengers, Spideypool...tons of Marvel and DC basically. Also Community, and anything else that makes me laugh!
Very often NSFW Slash.





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