Cabbage heads in The Legend of the Baker of Eekloo
In the story, those who wanted to change their appearance or revert the effects of time on their faces could go to the town of Eeklo, where they could have a new head baked for them. The head would be carefully cut from the trunk, kneaded, glazed and placed into the oven. In the meantime, a green cabbage symbolically “replaced” the head. Once baked, the head was sewn back. However, things could go wrong, making this a cautionary tale about the risk of changing ones apppearance.
Incredible body hair
After Jesus’ crucifixion and his resurrection, Mary Magdalene went to live a solitary life in the desert, praying and fasting. She did not care about any mundane objects, and eventually her clothes wore off and fell apart. To protect her modesty, her bodily hair then miraculously grew in abundance.
Attavante degli Attavanti and workshop, Mary Magdalene in “Horae ad usum Ecclesiae Romanae”, ca. 1492, Royal Castle in Warsaw
Is that a laptop??
Ancient Greek funeral stele (grave marker) that seems to shows a laptop computer with USB ports!
Stele, 100 BC, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, California
In love with a sculpture
Pygmalion (Pygmalionking of Cyprus, who decided to renounce sensuality to devote his life to the arts) by Paul Delvaux, 1939, oil on wood, Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels
Sitting within a landscape we see a massive, vegetation encrusted goblet with a rim of classical ruins, and with sailing boats floating on the surface...
A strange hat, a dog and a cat
Dosso Dossi painted many religious pictures, but he is now known mainly for his mythologies and allegories. These are highly imaginative, and it is rarely entirely clear what story or text is being illustrated! (c.1508-10)
Diving into the crowd
Miracle of the Slave by Tintoretto, 1548, Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, depicting St Mark rescuing one of his devotees, a servant of a knight of Provence, who had been condemned to having his legs broken and his eyes put out for worshipping the relics of the saint against his master's will.
Katja, 2016, by Austrian visual artist Markus Schinwald, who focuses on themes of metamorphosis and dysfunction
The Yawning Man, after Pieter Bruegel I, Koninklijke Musea voor Kunsten Belgie, Brussels
Curling Paper tiara
Madame Liotard and her Daughter by Jean-Étienne Liotard, showing the little girl still having her curling paper in her hair!
Even the trees are bleeding!
The Murder of Saint Peter Martyr, Bellini, 1509; oil on panel, 68 x 100 cm, Courtauld Gallery
The White Cat, Pierre Bonnard, 1884, oil on card, 20" x 13", held by Orsay Museum, Paris
Bearded female saint on the cross
According to the narrative of the legend, sometimes set in Portugal, a teen-aged noblewoman named Wilgefortis had been promised in marriage by her father to a pagan king. To thwart the unwanted wedding, she had taken a vow of virginity, and prayed that she would be made repulsive. In answer to her prayers she sprouted a beard, which ended the engagement. In anger, Wilgefortis's father had her crucified.
Astronaut on late Gothic church
Sculpture of astronaut added to New Cathedral, (1513-1733), Salamanca , Spain, during renovations in 1992
Baptism of Christ, Aert de Gelder, c. 1710,
oil on canvas, 48.3 × 37.1 cm, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
The Virgin Spanking The Christ Child
The Virgin Spanking The Christ Child Before Three Witnesses: Andre Breton, Paul Eluard, And The Painter, Max Ernst, 1926; oil on canvas, 130 x 196 cm, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Bathing in Christ's blood
Jean Bellegambe, Mystic Bath of Souls, 1505-10 or 1526, , oil on panel, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille
Prudentia. Detail of Peter of Verona's grave in the Cappella Portinari chapel in Sant'Eustorgio church in Milan.
At the end of the 19th century, 2 noblewomen got into a disagreement about a floral arrangement and decided to duel. The woman overseeing the duel suggested they disrobe to the waist to lessen the possibility of infection from wounds that have touched their clothing, and thus the trend― commonly called 'emancipated dueling'― was born. Photographs and paintings of this phenomenon can be found, all dating from around this period.
Emile-Antoine Bayard (1884) - An Affair of Honour
The Ugly Duchess
The Ugly Duchess,Quentin Matsys, c. 1513, Oil on wood, 64.2 × 45.5 cm. National Gallery, London
Christ with three faces
The Trinity , Netherlandish School, ca. 1500, oil on panel,
17.8 x 11.4 cm, Private Collection
Classical woman holding beetle on a plat
The Boll Weevil Monument in downtown Enterprise, Alabama, United States is a prominent landmark and tribute erected by the citizens of Enterprise in 1919 to show their appreciation to an insect, the boll weevil, for its profound influence on the area's agriculture and economy.
Eyes on a stick
St. Lucy, Francesco del Cossa, c. 1473/1474, tempera on panel. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C
Crucifixion of Christ, fresco, Visoki Dečani Monastery (above the altar), Dečani, Kosovo
Woman with beard breastfeeding
Magdalena Ventura with Her Husband and Son,
Jusepe de Ribera,
1631, Oil on canvas, 196 x 127 cm, Museo Fondación Duque de Lerma, Toledo
Landscape with Sportsmen and Game, Adam Christiaensz Pynacker, c. 1665, oil on canvas, Dulwich Picture Gallery
Gargoyle straight from 'Aliens'
Gargoyle from 1990s on the outside of 13th Century Paisley Abbey, Scotland, the spitting image of the monster from the Alien films.