classical beauty


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When you are submerged in school books,

the best way to understand the concepts is to


And in my

Art History of Europe and the Near East



History of Art: the Ancient World

the pictures

are gorgeous.

My new favorite

beauty icon

of antiquity

(Sorry, Cleopatra)

is Nefertiti:

Photograph Courtesy Wikimedia

Photograph Courtesy Wikimedia


Cartouche, Nefernefruaten; Courtesy, Ancient Egypt Online

Cartouche, Nefernefruaten;
Courtesy, Ancient Egypt Online

And her nameplate,

like a Tiffany’s bracelet for Ancient Egyptian trendsetters.

Nefertiti’s claim to fame is not her relation to King Tutankhamen,

who might be her son

as well as her son-in-law;

rather, it is her beauty,

and political skill,

and this statue is a

very superb argument

in woman-power

in the Amarna Age.

Photograph Courtesy Janson's

Photograph Courtesy Janson’s

Tibnan (pictured) was a wealthy Syrian woman in the 2nd century, CE.

This funerary relief resides in the Lourve.

Included in blog because she has the greatest,

“Not happy, Joe Rome, not happy at all,” look,

one I would very much like to apply

to my daily life.

“You can do better,” she says, though she’s

been dead nearly

two millennia…

“You just didn’t do me justice,

obviously, I am a woman

of great beauty and anger,

and I have a decapitated kid on my arm.

Your fault, Rome.

Your fault.”

Courtesy Catholics Striving for Holiness

Courtesy Catholics Striving for Holiness

It is true,

I must include a saint.

This oil painting of Mary Magdalene

shows a don’t-mess-with-me expression that I admire.

It’s a dissatisfied,

profound look,

though today

quantified as a bitchface,

it’s a look older than perspective itself.

Mary Magdalene was redeemed

by her own guilt,

dolor hic tibi proderit olim,

and now she’s

been given

one o’ the greatest honors:

she’s depicted as a redhead in religious imagery!




I know what you may say, 

MM was a prostitute, so obviously

red hair is sinful—

symbolism and whatnot.

But if it’s true,

why is the Blessed Virgin Mary 

also depicted as a ginger?

Obviously not immoral,

or soulless.



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