Last Judgment, Hans Memling, 1467 – 1471

One of the earliest works of the Flemish master, Hans Memling. One side, of little interest, shows the souls of the righteous calmly queuing up to Heaven’s gate. The right panel depicts monstrous demonic figures shoveling the Damned into Hell’s brackish pits.

Clear, deep coloration creates a rich contrast between the two opposed realms of the dead. This piece is an excellent example of the emerging trend especially in Flemish works of exquisite textural details in oil work.

Traveling to the Land of Faustus

This coming January, we are planning a trip to Frankfurt and touring the surrounding area of Hessia. Apart from visiting family there, there is a very exciting prospect waiting for me as it is the birthplace of the mythology of Dr. Faustus. As you can obviously tell, the legend of Faustus has inspired me since I was a boy. It is a name I have taken unto myself. It will be a time for special inquiry in situ and I will hopefully find some time to contemplate the themes of Faustus in his own country. How did this myth shape the history of that place? What is the current fingerprint of the legend on the people who live there? Where do the stories overlap with real history? These will be some of the questions I present myself, with the help of 500 years of scholarship on Faustus to work from. It is an exciting time, more to come!

Faustus summons the spirits. c. 1840. Carl Christian Vogel von Vogelstein

Durer: The Sea Monster and the Beast (1497)

“And there was another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems.” – Apocalypse 12:3
“All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast” – (13:8)
 “Then I saw another beast which rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon” (13:11)

Ghost – It’s Happening!!!!

Ghost announced their new tour with Volbeat and Twin Temple. I cannot put into words the Satanic ecstasy that a Ghost concert provides. Such moving music–it pales in comparison to the sound of the albums. I have been to a Ghost ritual before and I consider it one of the high points of my entire life. Twin Temple will also be present! I am so so so so excited.

Did my friends and I just get very good seats? Yes.

Do we live on the complete opposite corner of the country where this is happening? Yes

Does this mean things can return to normal baseline reality? I sure fucking hope so.

Angelic Bodies of Roberto Ferri

NeoBaroque master Roberto Ferri, graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, Rome. These three examples present Baroque and Classical ideals of the male figure in exaggerated musculature which is dramatically contoured in the chiaroscuro.

Lucifer, 2013. The physical proportions and posing give the impression of La génie du mal
Fallen Angel, 2011.
Cupid Weeps At The Tomb Of Psyche, 2013

Find his virtual gallery here.

Phallic Satyrs, Psykter of Cerveteri, Century V BCE

490-500 BCE: This Attic red-figure psykter (wine cooling vessel) from the necropolis of Cerveteri depicts bearded satyrs in revelry. A satyr falls backwards and balances a cantharos (drinking cup) upon his erect penis. Other satyrs around him pour wine into the cantharos. Other figure groups in the artefact depict other acrobatic satyrs in various states of drunkenness.

It boggles my mind to think that this piece of pornographic pottery is as old as Buddhism.

In red-figure, as the artist would add series of drafts and outlines, certain features like fingers, noses and penises would become long and skinny

Currently located at the British Museum.

Herbal Riot

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Unearthly Delights

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The Occult Gallery

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Mirrors at Home..

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Memento Mori

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Death & Mysticism

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BLACK GOAT

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