Category Archives: Art

Marble Monday *7

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free”

                                                                                     — Michelangelo

By the way, this image was removed on Tumblr for violating their community guidelines regarding pornography. I kid you not. Welcome to America in the Brave New World…

  

Marble Monday *4


Hyacinth by François Joseph Bosio

There’s a beautiful painting of the death of Hyacinth by Jean Broc which you can see here.

Hyacinth was a beautiful boy and lover of the god Apollo, though he was also admired by West Wind, Zephyr. Apollo and Hyacinth took turns throwing the discus. Hyacinth ran to catch it to impress Apollo, was struck by the discus as it fell to the ground, and died. A twist in the tale makes the wind god Zephyrus responsible for the death of Hyacinth. His beauty caused a feud between Zephyrus and Apollo. Jealous that Hyacinth preferred the radiant archery god Apollo, Zephyrus blew Apollo’s discus off course, so as to injure and kill Hyacinth. When he died, Apollo didn’t allow Hades to claim the boy; rather, he made a flower, the hyacinth, from his spilled blood.