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smellslikebepanthen:

 
In 1585, Jacques le Moyne de Morgues did a painting called A Young Daughter of the Picts. It shows a naked woman holding a lance, with sword and scabbard slung around her hips. Wavy blonde hair cascades down her back. She is about as militaristic as a buttercup: one foot is tucked demurely behind the other, the hand on the lance looks as though it’s holding porcelain, her body is soft, her pale face devoid of expression. Her skin is entirely decorated with flowers, flat and delicate as wallpaper.
Although he had been an artist on one of the first French expeditions to the Americas, de Morgues wasn’t trying to capture a Pict woman with ethnographic verisimilitude. The Picts (Picti – “painted people”) were a notoriously fierce pre-Celtic tribe from what is now known as Scotland but anybody could see this flowered blonde didn’t go to war or govern alongside her men. And Pictish tattoos were done with woad and so were monochromatic. De Morgues’s benign maiden obeyed Christian ideals of the time yet his exposure to the tattooed indigenes of Florida clearly alerted him to this tradition once common in Europe and now relegated to the margins.

smellslikebepanthen:

In 1585, Jacques le Moyne de Morgues did a painting called A Young Daughter of the Picts. It shows a naked woman holding a lance, with sword and scabbard slung around her hips. Wavy blonde hair cascades down her back. She is about as militaristic as a buttercup: one foot is tucked demurely behind the other, the hand on the lance looks as though it’s holding porcelain, her body is soft, her pale face devoid of expression. Her skin is entirely decorated with flowers, flat and delicate as wallpaper.

Although he had been an artist on one of the first French expeditions to the Americas, de Morgues wasn’t trying to capture a Pict woman with ethnographic verisimilitude. The Picts (Picti – “painted people”) were a notoriously fierce pre-Celtic tribe from what is now known as Scotland but anybody could see this flowered blonde didn’t go to war or govern alongside her men. And Pictish tattoos were done with woad and so were monochromatic. De Morgues’s benign maiden obeyed Christian ideals of the time yet his exposure to the tattooed indigenes of Florida clearly alerted him to this tradition once common in Europe and now relegated to the margins.

andibgoode:

wrongdecade:

xxthislittlegirlxx:

i must be in the 1800’s cause im 4’11  

See, I keep telling people I belong in the 50s!

Whoever designed supermarkets obviously thought everyone would be that tall. ;] And everyone dresses like Xena in 2000! FTW!

I AM THE WOMAN OF THE FUTURE. now where is my grecian dress?

andibgoode:

wrongdecade:

xxthislittlegirlxx:

i must be in the 1800’s cause im 4’11  

See, I keep telling people I belong in the 50s!

Whoever designed supermarkets obviously thought everyone would be that tall. ;] And everyone dresses like Xena in 2000! FTW!

I AM THE WOMAN OF THE FUTURE. now where is my grecian dress?

tulletulle:

mightlastaday:

picturethispicturebliss:

rosemarygeorge:

“I fractured my vertebrae in my neck and I had to wear a neck brace for about four months, and I was afraid to take it off, and Robert, he said, ‘I’ll take your picture’ and he said ‘Take it off’ and he said ‘Don’t be afraid, I’m here.’ So in this picture, you have a real sense of both a bit of fear and a lot of trust.”
- Patti Smith

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tulletulle:

mightlastaday:

picturethispicturebliss:

rosemarygeorge:

“I fractured my vertebrae in my neck and I had to wear a neck brace for about four months, and I was afraid to take it off, and Robert, he said, ‘I’ll take your picture’ and he said ‘Take it off’ and he said ‘Don’t be afraid, I’m here.’ So in this picture, you have a real sense of both a bit of fear and a lot of trust.”

- Patti Smith

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