Hyacinth Dirigible

"For the world we see is like a sack placed over our heads, so that we are blind to the true nature of things; yet there are places where the sack-cloth is threadbare, where the fabric of it is worn thin, and strange sights may sometimes be seen..."


John Singer Sargent, Pagan Gods, 1895.

Astarte [left], Moloch [right].

In my opinion, the mural ensemble The Triumph of Religion, commissioned by the Boston Public Library, was the only really interesting painting John Singer Sargent ever did. His Pagan Gods, which adorns the north end of the vaulted ceiling, is a great example of a painter from another style accidentally making a Symbolist work.


(via luminousinsect)

  • Australian government in March: We have a right to bigotry.
  • Australian government in April: Excuse me are you criticising the government on social media nope can't have that delete it immediately

So long as I confine my activities to social service and the blind, they compliment me extravagantly, calling me ‘arch priestess of the sightless,’ ‘wonder woman,’ and a ‘modern miracle.’ But when it comes to a discussion of poverty, and I maintain that it is the result of wrong economics—that the industrial system under which we live is at the root of much of the physical deafness and blindness in the world—that is a different matter! It is laudable to give aid to the handicapped. Superficial charities make smooth the way of the prosperous; but to advocate that all human beings should have leisure and comfort, the decencies and refinements of life, is a Utopian dream, and one who seriously contemplates its realization indeed must be deaf, dumb, and blind.