Disclaimer: Gourbet’s “The Origin of the World”, translated from it’s original French title of “L’Origine du monde”, is considered NSFW due to it’s portrayal of the female body. It may be inappropriate to view it in a workplace setting. The world of art has always danced with what modern Western society would deem as “inappropriate”;
When it comes to history, we have to remain skeptical about traditional facts. Now, that doesn’t mean we should accept fake history. It means we shouldn’t take everything history presents to us as acceptable. Historians should go against the flow of contemporary politics, going as far to be at war with the victors in a sense.
While the new American settlers were busy growing tobacco and building city churches in their new environment, European immigrants who moved to America didn’t cease being or wanting to be Europeans. In fact, they wanted to reshape their new homes and cities into what they had left behind in Europe instead of attempting to create their own new society. American culture didn’t actually exist at this time, as a majority of what could be considered culture in the new world was brought from other countries.
According to the tale, the artist who created The Anguished Man was a…lets just put it as a disturbed individual. Someone who mixed their own blood in with the oil when painting the piece and then committed suicide immediately after completing it, if you wish to know how disturbed. The Anguished Man, however, is more than that. It’s a beautifully horrific painting with an unproven backstory with, like everything on the internet these days, a god damned “cursed” theory.
Did you know there’s a work of art that has been stolen by some of history’s most influential leaders? The Horses of Saint Mark hold an incredibly intriguing history. You won’t believe who owned them, and that each of its most outstanding owners stole them from the last!
From artistic animalism of tribes that had only just recently banded together to the portrayal of what mattered most to man within Neanderthal-esque cave paintings to the theology of Christian works of artistic ingenuity within the Byzantine chapels; many forms of art directly relate to humanity’s primitive ways of seeking faith and meditation.