Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine

I'm not big on themes, but somehow it ended up that there's another St. Catherine one today. Maybe we can keep this going all week? Nothing like some midday hagiography to get me going.

(Antonio da Correggio, The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine, 1526-7)

Monday, March 30, 2009

St. Catherine of Alexandria

From Regina, with love and kisses.

(Raphael, St. Catherine of Alexandria, 1507)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Venus de Milo; A Young Tiger Playing with its Mother

Won't be around tomorrow, so here's two! Have a good weekend.

(Alexandros of Antioch, Aphrodite of Milos aka Venus de Milo, c. 120 BC)

This one's phrasing is taken from my roommate, as our cats do this a lot:

(Eugène Delacroix, A Young Tiger Playing with its Mother, 1830)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Me and My Parrots

(Frida Kahlo, Me and My Parrots, 1941)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Beguiling of Merlin

I really, really wanted to make some kind of comment on the fact that it looks like Merlin is having a stroke, but I'm just not that horrible of a person. At least, I'm not today. Just pretend it in your brain that he is a stroke patient and she is not turned on by this.

(Edward Burne-Jones, The Beguiling of Merlin, 1874)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist

Probably I could fill an entire blog with Madonna + child imagery. Thanks, the Renaissance!

(Andrea del Sarto, Madonna and Child with St. John, c. 1513)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Rhine Maidens Warn Siegfried

I just love how she's got that hand up, like "o hai siegfried hows ur mom".

(Arthur Rackham, Rhine Maidens Warn Siegfried, 1912)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth

OWT DAM SPOT. need sum perfyooms of araibeyaa LOL.

(John Singer Sargent, Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth, 1889)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber

You guys remember that joke about the muffins in the oven and the talking muffin? No? Oh well.

Also, by popular demand: the email address for this blog (stoptouchtell@gmail.com) is now available for your marvelous questions, comments, ideas, and harassment. Generally I don't like putting it places, along with any other email, but I suppose that if people use it for good rather than evil (e.g. I don't want emails about hormones or Nigerian doctors), that's okay.

(Fra Juan Sánchez Cotán, Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber, 1602)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Probably I could have done something Irish-themed for St. Patrick's Day, but you know what? I am in the mood for fishes, and you lot can deal with it. (Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig, though.)

(Adriaen van Ostade, Fishmonger, c. 1665)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Un balcon

(Gustave Caillebotte, Un balcon, 1880)

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Wise & Foolish Virgins

You know, I paid fairly good attention to my Biblical parables growing up, and I totally don't remember this one at all. You'd think that any parable about a guy marrying ten virgins would be pretty hard to miss...yes, it's about the Second Coming and all, but it also goes to show that Jeezus wuz um laydees man.

(Peter von Cornelius, The Wise & Foolish Virgins, c. 1813)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Jane, Countess of Harrington

A trifle boring, but what else can one expect from a Thursday morning?

(Joshua Reynolds, Jane, Countess of Harrington, 1778)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


(William Blake, Nebuchadnezzar, 1795)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Singer with the Glove

Fellahs and laydeez, I'm pretty psyched that we're slowly but surely closing in on the 100-pictures mark. (I think the total is now like... 78? 79? Spread across not-quite-that-many posts.) Stuff I'm contemplating for the near future: having a crash course in Art Historee on the site, adding the ability to search for particular works by their tags, and instituting a contest for best caption, perhaps for the 100th piece. Much excitement!

(Edgar Degas, The Singer with the Glove, 1878)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Flowers of Edo

(Kitagawa Utamaro, Flowers of Edo, c. 1800)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Malle Babbe

(Frans Hals, Malle Babbe, c. 1634)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hay Harvest at Éragny

Moar pharmwimminz!

(Camille Pissarro, Hay Harvest at Éragny, 1901)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry - Juin

(Barthélemy d'Eyck, Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry - Juin, detail, c. 1410)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Leda and the Swan

A racy Tuesday offering from Regina!

(CA Holland, Leda and the Swan, c. 1910)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Paysage de Neige, or, Le Grand Hiver

Marco Polo, gone horribly wrong.

(Cuno Amiet, Paysage de Neige or Le Grand Hiver, 1904)