An Etruscan tomb in the woods near Blera, Italy

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I have become undead.


Pieter Bruegel the Elder c. 1565

Hay Making (detail)

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The heart aches and numbs, and the mind fogs and runs.


Wilhelm Trübner 

"View from Heidelberg Castle"


Anthonis Mor, Portrait of Mary of Austria, wife of Maximilian II (detail)


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Head of a Lady in Medieval Costume (detail), Lucien Victor Guirand de Sccevola, 1900

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Tsezarskaya zabava by Vasiliy Polenov.

“Byzantium conjures up an image of opaque duplicity: plots, assassinations and physical mutilation, coupled with excessive wealth, glittering gold and jewels. During the Middle Ages, however, the Byzantines had no monopoly on complexity, treachery, hypocrisy, obscurity, or riches. They produced a large number of intelligent leaders, brilliant military generals, and innovative theologians, who are much maligned and libelled by such ‘Byzantine’ stereotypes. They never developed an Inquisition and generally avoided burning people at the stake. But there is a mystery associated with this ‘lost’ world, which is hard to define, partly because it does not have a modern heir. It remains hidden behind the glories of its medieval art: the gold, mosaics, silks, and imperial palaces.”
— Judith Herrin, Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire

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I will never understand how people can blindly think the world is a rosy love-filled wonderland instead of seeing it as the massively hostile and predatory environment it actually is.