Tuesday, 15 November 2016

She Raids the Recesses of his Mind

She Raids the Recesses of his Mind

Gazing up at Her he dares to wonder
From where does this utter joy come
That burns brightly within his heart
And why it is these jumping flames
Of the purest ecstasy torch his soul

Now Her punishing arm rises high
Whipping of fiery life upon his skin
Drawing him closer still to the edge
Enticing his ever deeper submission

She raids the recesses of his mind
Her guiding hands strumming him
Teaching him Her sacred mysteries
Spoken promise of Her plan for him
To be looked after, loved and owned
By She alone who holds fast his spirit
Breathing of Her warm life through it

For he now seeing the essence of it all
Surrenders unconditionally to Her will
his two palms opened wide before Her
Resigned to where Her path shall lead

So he yields the many ways to tell Her
Hers is that healing balm for his body
The blood that flows through his veins
The sweet lingering kiss branding him
While softly caressing his lonely heart
Enwrapped in her blessed Supremacy

As T/their shadows gaily lick the walls
his silent tears are now a-shimmering
Finding release from their rising swell
Only then his heart and mind awaken
To Her vision of newer days to be that
Better person to himself and for others

~ slave domnei ~

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Her Playthings

Fil bleu

Andrzej Malinowski (b. 1947) is a Polish contemporary painter, illustrator and artistic director. Born in Warsaw where he studied Fine Art, he is a naturalised French citizen.

His paintings are resplendent with simple and elegant poses in which beauty appears from the shadows into the light wrapped in rich and sensual materials. With their undeniable qualities and exceptional control, his works are true icons of femininity.

Jeune fille aux pantins

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Titania and Her bottom

This fantasy painting, Titania and Bottom (c. 1790), is one of several illustrations by the Anglo-Swiss artist, Henry Fuseli on scenes from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream - a natural source for an artist so often drawn to the subject of dreams and nightmares.   

The central characters are Titiania, the Queen of the Fairies, who is the naked, mischievous figure at the centre of the picture and Bottom, an Athenian worker and Titania's donkey-headed companion who, at her instruction, is surrounded by an outpouring of female exuberance and attention. The name ‘Titania’ is a reference to the Titans, the primal Greek gods and goddesses that helped create the Earth.

It is a dramatically female-dominated scene, with an incredibly imaginative phantasmagoria of fairies, all fraught with their own symbolism. Look, for example, at the woman on the right who is gazing knowingly out at us as she leads a little old man on a leash. This has been interpreted as the triumph of youth over age and of the senses over reason, but it is also clearly the triumph of women over men.

In the play, Titania murmurs lovingly to Bottom, the object of her affections - 

Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed, 
While I thy amiable cheeks do coy, 
And stick musk roses in thy sleek smooth head, 
And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Love and Wisdom Entwined

This compelling D&s expression of the popular artistic theme, Allegory of Love and Wisdom, is by Isidoro Bianchi called Campione (1581 - 1662), an Italian painter of the Baroque period.

He seems to have been active at the start of the century as a fresco painter in the Como area. His first recorded work is a fresco cycle for the Cistercian monastery attached to the Abbey of Santa Maria dell'Acquafredda, 1598-1601. Between 1605 and 1606, he is recorded as having visited the court of Rudolph II in Prague, after which he returned to Lombardy and later entered the patronage of the ducal house of Savoy. He was appointed court painter and knighted by the Duke in 1631.

Many of Bianchi's works have a distinctly Lombard quality but this painting is a rare example of the impact his trip to Prague had on his style. The unusually large allegorical composition is influenced by Bartholomäus Spranger's painting of a similar subject.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Cruel Diana

This glorious vision of the huntress, Cruel Diana, with her dying and dead prey lying at her feet was created in 1963. The work is by Zdeněk Burian (1905 - 81), a Czech painter and book illustrator whose work played a central role in the development of palaeontological reconstruction.

Originally recognised only in his native Czechoslovakia, Burian's fame later spread to an international audience during a remarkable career spanning six decades (1930s to 1980s). He is regarded by many as the most influential palaeo-artist of the modern era, and a number of subsequent artists have attempted to emulate his style.

I am grateful to Pray & Worship for Princess for sourcing this painting.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Vive Paris

This is a selection of vintage art posters of Females in mildly dominant and humorous poses illustrated in the classic French weekly magazine, La Vie Parisienne (Parisian life), which was founded in Paris in 1863 and published without interruption until 1970.

It was especially popular at the start of the 20th century. Originally, it covered novels, sports, theatre, music and the arts. In 1905, the magazine changed hands and it soon evolved into a mildly risqué erotic publication.

The artwork of La Vie Parisienne reflected the stylization of Art Nouveau  and Art Deco illustration, mirroring the aesthetic of the age. The largest collection of La Vie Parisienne magazine artwork in the UK is held by The Advertising Archives, a free-to-view resource holding cover and interior artwork of famed illustrators including George Barbier, Cheri Herouard, Georges leonnec and Maurice Milliere.

The historical La Vie Parisienne ceased to exist in 1970. A new magazine of the same name started in 1984 and is still in existence.

At this very painful time for the citizens of Paris, may they soon recover their renowned joie de vivre.