Women of the Empire
Ancora Imparo.

I am still learning.

Michelangelo Buonarroti.

This one of the most important things that you can ever remind yourself of. The human mind is designed to acquire knowledge and, the moment it ceases to be fed, it grows stale and sedentary. So ensure that, however you choose to live you life, you are continually presented with new experiences and fresh sources of information. Whether it be how to correctly tie a knot, about the first Emperor of China’s proclivity for consuming mercury or maybe just what it feels like to have your heart broken for the third time in a row, learn!

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Yeah, I can't understand the Pauline hype either. At least she was pretty. And napoleon's favorite, though it seems like after a while he was just like "I give up, I'm never gonna make you behave, just go away and don't leave any suspicious stains on my furniture".

joachimmurat:

valinaraii:

She always seemed to me like a sort of celebrity who had no remarkable qualities beyond her beauty and being Napoleon’s sister. Why she always was the subject of biographies and fictional works, I have never understood.

I mean, of course she was loyal until the very end and well that’s so nice, but like being pretty or related to Napoleon, I don’t think it was her achievement, she was born that way, period.

At least she comissioned that awesome statue.

I wanna see more stuff about Elisa and Caroline, tbh. They get too often lumped into the “famous for being Napoleon’s sisters” pile but there’s far more than people think.

It was her husband’s. She only interfered for changing the subject; at first Canova had thought of Diana, the goddess of chastity. I don’t know if it was a sort of ironical revenge (Canova really hated portraiture, allegorical or not); the case is Pauline refused and chose Venus instead.
Elisa and Caroline are way more interesting, leaving aside that the only member I really like of the Bonaparte family is Napoleon himself.

Yeah, I can't understand the Pauline hype either. At least she was pretty. And napoleon's favorite, though it seems like after a while he was just like "I give up, I'm never gonna make you behave, just go away and don't leave any suspicious stains on my furniture".

She always seemed to me like a sort of celebrity who had no remarkable qualities beyond her beauty and being Napoleon’s sister. Why she always was the subject of biographies and fictional works, I have never understood.

I mean, of course she was loyal until the very end and well that’s so nice, but like being pretty or related to Napoleon, I don’t think it was her achievement, she was born that way, period.

mmeguillotine:

Pauline Bonaparte, Princess Borghese, the beautiful, wild and thoroughly dreadful younger sister of Napoléon was born on this day in 1780. Difficult and infuriating though Pauline was, particularly towards her sister in law Joséphine whom she absolutely detested, her sculpture as a reclining Venus Victrix by Canova is a masterpiece of gorgeousness. Apparently when it was first completed, Pauline had it covered in a layer of wax (recently restored) and displayed by candlelight in order to make it appear all the more lifelike.

 

syuminiki:

Mozart & Joseph II
"MOZART" by Ren Kishida

syuminiki:

Mozart & Joseph II

"MOZART" by Ren Kishida

Prédilection de la famille Bonaparte, after Raffet.

Prédilection de la famille Bonaparte, after Raffet.

daughter-of-castile:

I just have a lot of feelings!!!!

Natalia Rodríguez as Katherine of Aragon

peashooter85:

A kiss is not just a kiss —- The Anti-Kissing Movement
"It is time to declare war on kissing and I am willing to go on record as firing the first gun."—-Dr. Anna Hatfield, 29th of December, 1900
The anti-kissing movement was a real progressive movement founded around the late 1800’s and lasting up to around the late 1920’s.  They often worked hand-in-hand with the temperance movement ( wanted to ban alcohol) and the growing number fundamentalist Christian groups around the turn of the century.  Most anti-kissers formulated their opinions on moral grounds, especially with the perceived breakdown of traditional Christian/American values during the post-world war I era and the roaring 1920’s.  For many kissing was held in the same view as traditional sex, only to be done between a married man and woman.  Others believed that kissing should be restricted for those under a certain age.
One vocal opponent of kissing was Dr. Anna Hatfield, a member of the local Women’s Christian Temperance Union, who made both health and moral arguments against the “barbarous and unsanitary custom”.  She declared kissing to be worse than drinking and a practice only to be conducted between betrothed couples.  She went further to pronounce that kissing between married couples should only be done once a day, and only after thoroughly cleansing the mouth with soap or disinfectant.  She also makes clear, “As for the moral bacteria, that is even more dangerous. Girls are not taught to view a kiss with awe, as they once were. Mothers of today are to blame for imbuing their children with the kissing vice. Many children are literally kissed to death.”
Unlike many other social progressive movements such as Women’s Suffrage groups, the Temperance Movement, and other moral crusaders, the anti-kissers never became very popular, being seen as a bit extreme and radical.  By the late 1920’s and 1930 the anti-kissing movement had died out.

peashooter85:

A kiss is not just a kiss —- The Anti-Kissing Movement

"It is time to declare war on kissing and I am willing to go on record as firing the first gun."
—-Dr. Anna Hatfield, 29th of December, 1900

The anti-kissing movement was a real progressive movement founded around the late 1800’s and lasting up to around the late 1920’s.  They often worked hand-in-hand with the temperance movement ( wanted to ban alcohol) and the growing number fundamentalist Christian groups around the turn of the century.  Most anti-kissers formulated their opinions on moral grounds, especially with the perceived breakdown of traditional Christian/American values during the post-world war I era and the roaring 1920’s.  For many kissing was held in the same view as traditional sex, only to be done between a married man and woman.  Others believed that kissing should be restricted for those under a certain age.

One vocal opponent of kissing was Dr. Anna Hatfield, a member of the local Women’s Christian Temperance Union, who made both health and moral arguments against the “barbarous and unsanitary custom”.  She declared kissing to be worse than drinking and a practice only to be conducted between betrothed couples.  She went further to pronounce that kissing between married couples should only be done once a day, and only after thoroughly cleansing the mouth with soap or disinfectant.  She also makes clear, “As for the moral bacteria, that is even more dangerous. Girls are not taught to view a kiss with awe, as they once were. Mothers of today are to blame for imbuing their children with the kissing vice. Many children are literally kissed to death.”

Unlike many other social progressive movements such as Women’s Suffrage groups, the Temperance Movement, and other moral crusaders, the anti-kissers never became very popular, being seen as a bit extreme and radical.  By the late 1920’s and 1930 the anti-kissing movement had died out.

heartmindspirit:

Howard David Johnson | Valkyrie Maiden 

heartmindspirit:

Howard David Johnson | Valkyrie Maiden 

thevisualhag:

Tannhauser illustrated by Willy Pogany