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  • daisyisbaby
    02.12.2021 - 12 minutes ago

    Self-Portrait with Death as a Fiddler

    Arnold Böcklin


    #symbolism #oil on canvas #painting
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  • agentrouka-blog
    02.12.2021 - 29 minutes ago

    ASOIAF fruit symbolism: Plums (Viserys)

    I continue my plum series with another example: Viserys!

    Like Pycelle’s, his story is already over, which makes it easy to judge if the plums really hold up as a signifier for important narrative consequences.

    (I think they do.)

    So, Viserys and Dany actually give us the very first example of the plum in use, and though it is not immediately named, it opens her very first chapter.

    So does Viserys. 

    Her brother held the gown up for her inspection.
    “This is beauty. Touch it. Go on. Caress the fabric.”
    Dany touched it. The cloth was so smooth that it seemed to run through her fingers like water. She could not remember ever wearing anything so soft. It frightened her. She pulled her hand away. “Is it really mine?”
    “A gift from the Magister Illyrio,” Viserys said, smiling. Her brother was in a high mood tonight. “The color will bring out the violet in your eyes. And you shall have gold as well, and jewels of all sorts. Illyrio has promised. Tonight you must look like a princess.” (AGOT, Daenerys I)

    Why does Dany need to look like a princess? 

    Her brother hung the gown beside the door. “Illyrio will send the slaves to bathe you. Be sure you wash off the stink of the stables. Khal Drogo has a thousand horses, tonight he looks for a different sort of mount.”

    Ah, of course, her brother and Illyrio are selling Dany to Khal Drogo. (By which we are also naming the four people who will principally be involved in shaping the path Dany ends up taking. But this is not about all of them, only Viserys.)

    He had hung the dress beside the door. The point of entry and exit. 

    They dressed her in the wisps that Magister Illyrio had sent up, and then the gown, a deep plum silk to bring out the violet in her eyes.

    There it is. The dress is the color of a plum. Placed onto her by Viserys and Illyrio in order to make her a handsome enough prize to tempt Drogo into making her his child bride. They are successful. 

    We know how excited Dany is about this. We know where it will lead. Why does she feel unable to resist?

    His anger was a terrible thing when roused. Viserys called it “waking the dragon.” (...)
    “You will not fail me tonight. If you do, it will go hard for you. You don’t want to wake the dragon, do you?” His fingers twisted her, the pinch cruelly hard through the rough fabric of her tunic. “Do you?” he repeated.
    "No," Dany said meekly.
    Her brother smiled. "Good." He touched her hair, almost with affection. "When they write the history of my reign, sweet sister, they will say that it began tonight."

    He smiles. 

    Dany looked at Khal Drogo. His face was hard and cruel, his eyes as cold and dark as onyx. Her brother hurt her sometimes, when she woke the dragon, but he did not frighten her the way this man frightened her. “I don’t want to be his queen,” she heard herself say in a small, thin voice. “Please, please, Viserys, I don’t want to, I want to go home.” 
    “Home!” He kept his voice low, but she could hear the fury in his tone. “How are we to go home, sweet sister? They took our home from us!”

    “Please”, she begs. But Viserys has no pity for his “sweet sister”.

    Viserys, her only family in the world, her only protector, is also her tormenting abuser and he has no qualms about using her as an object to further his desire to regain the throne. As far as narrative crimes go, this is a pretty simple one to identify. 

    Do the plums agree?

    Viserys fortunes have not turned for the better since he sold off his sister:

    Her brother was miserable out here. He ought never have come. Magister Illyrio had urged him to wait in Pentos, had offered him the hospitality of his manse, but Viserys would have none of it. He would stay with Drogo until the debt had been paid, until he had the crown he had been promised. “And if he tries to cheat me, he will learn to his sorrow what it means to wake the dragon,” Viserys had vowed, laying a hand on his borrowed sword. Illyrio had blinked at that and wished him good fortune. (AGOT, Daenerys III)

    To make matters worse, to cope with her suicidal misery, his sister has burned away her own feelings and chosen to embrace what power is offered to her by her position as khaleesi. She has dragon dreams and a close relationship to the expensive dragon eggs given to her by Illyrio - given like that plum dress. She grows bold enough to defy him, even. 

    He was still screaming. “You do not command the dragon. Do you understand? I am the Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, I will not hear orders from some horselord’s slut, do you hear me?” His hand went under her vest, his fingers digging painfully into her breast. “Do you hear me?”
    Dany shoved him away, hard.
    Viserys stared at her, his lilac eyes incredulous. She had never defied him.  Never fought back. Rage twisted his features. He would hurt her now, and badly, she knew that. 
    The whip made a sound like thunder. The coil took Viserys around the throat and yanked him backward. 

    It’s tough being Viserys. He sold his sister to these people and she inconveniently starts identifying with her role as khaleesi. He is shamed, made to walk, and once they finally reach Vaes Dothrak, his rebellious sister has the gall to invite him to a meal. 

    A meal featuring plums.

    She brought back a haunch of goat and a basket of fruits and vegetables. Jhiqui roasted the meat with sweetgrass and firepods, basting it with honey as it cooked, and there were melons and pomegranates and plums and some queer eastern fruit Dany did not know. While her handmaids prepared the meal, Dany laid out the clothing she'd had made to her brother's measure: a tunic and leggings of crisp white linen, leather sandals that laced up to the knee, a bronze medallion belt, a leather vest painted with fire-breathing dragons. The Dothraki would respect him more if he looked less a beggar, she hoped, and perhaps he would forgive her for shaming him that day in the grass. He was still her king, after all, and her brother. They were both blood of the dragon.(AGOT, Daenerys IV)

    Dany making a last ditch effort at not usurping her brother in her heart, but already the gift of clothing implies that the tables have turned. Viserys didn’t even own the dress she was given, but Dany has ordered garments in the style of her new people for Viserys. 

    Viserys doesn’t appreciate the gesture. Dany doesn’t appreciate Viserys being alive.

    He grabbed her arm. “You forget yourself, slut. Do you think that big belly will protect you if you wake the dragon?” 
    His fingers dug into her arm painfully and for an instant Dany felt like a child again, quailing in the face of his rage. She reached out with her other hand and grabbed the first thing she touched, the belt she’d hoped to give him, a heavy chain of ornate bronze medallions. She swung it with all her strength.
    It caught him full in the face. Viserys let go of her. Blood ran down his cheek where the edge of one of the medallions had sliced it open. “You are the one who forgets himself,” Dany said to him. “Didn’t you learn anything that day in the grass? Leave me now, before I summon my khas to drag you out. And pray that Khal Drogo does not hear of this, or he will cut open your belly and feed you your own entrails.”

    What a dismal day. Dany is no longer afraid of waking the dragon and Viserys is shamed again. Dany openly threatened him with his own death. 

    It’s almost as if that brilliant plan of selling his own sister did not pay off the way he had hoped it would.

    Viserys’ final plum shows up after Dany’s Stallion prophecy. She’s eaten a horse heart, bathed in a sacred pond and had another round of public marital relations with Drogo, while Viserys was otherwise engaged.

    The sounds of drums and horns swirled up into the night. Half-clothed women spun and danced on the low tables, amid joints of meat and platters piled high with plums and dates and pomegranates. Many of the men were drunk on clotted mare's milk, yet Dany knew no arakhs would clash tonight, not here in the sacred city, where blades and bloodshed were forbidden. (AGOT, Daenerys V)

    Piled high with plums? Is that... ominous?

    “I saw His Grace this morning,” he told her. “He told me he was going to the Western Market, in search of wine.” (...)
    “He had planned to take your dragon’s eggs, until I warned him that I’d cut off his hand if he so much as touched them.” 

    Viserys is bitter (and possibly feeling less than entirely safe) and thought he could trade Dany’s eggs for some sellswords. Alas, Ser Jorah is a treasonous traitor and would not let him take them. Way harsh, Jorah.

    What is a Targaryen King to do if he has been cheated? Oh, right, go back to his instincts: boast and wave about a sword and demand his due. Which is, ultimately, ownership of his sister. 

    He laid the point of his sword between Daenerys’s breasts and slid it downward, over the curve of her belly. “I want what I came for,” he told her. “I want the crown he promised me. He bought you, but he never paid for you. Tell him I want what I bargained for, or I’m taking you back. You and the eggs both. He can keep his bloody foal. I’ll cut the bastard out and leave it for him.” The sword point pushed through her silks and pricked at her navel. Viserys was weeping, she saw; weeping and laughing, both at the same time, this man who had once been her brother. 

    I wonder if this will go well. 

    Daenerys had gone cold all over. “He says you shall have a splendid golden crown that men shall tremble to behold.” 
    Viserys smiled and lowered his sword. That was the saddest thing, the thing that tore at her afterward … the way he smiled. “That was all I wanted,” he said. “What was promised.” 

    Viserys smiled when he handed Dany her dress, too. And when he told her that night would be the beginning of his reign.

    Even now Viserys did not understand. “No,” he shouted, “you cannot touch me, I am the dragon, the dragon, and I will be crowned!”

    Touch the dress, he had told her. It had frightened her. 

    Viserys began to scream the high, wordless scream of the coward facing death. He kicked and twisted, whimpered like a dog and wept like a child, but the Dothraki held him tight between them. Ser Jorah had made his way to Dany’s side. He put a hand on her shoulder. “Turn away, my princess, I beg you.” 
    “No.” She folded her arms across the swell of her belly, protectively. 
    At the last, Viserys looked at her. “Sister, please … Dany, tell them … make them … sweet sister …” 
    When the gold was half-melted and starting to run, Drogo reached into the flames, snatched out the pot. “Crown!” he roared. “Here. A crown for Cart King!” And upended the pot over the head of the man who had been her brother. 
    The sound Viserys Targaryen made when that hideous iron helmet covered his face was like nothing human. His feet hammered a frantic beat against the dirt floor, slowed, stopped. Thick globs of molten gold dripped down onto his chest, setting the scarlet silk to smoldering … yet no drop of blood was spilled.
    He was no dragon, Dany thought, curiously calm. Fire cannot kill a dragon.

    Ah, the textual echoes. “Please”, he begs. But his “sweet sister” has no pity for him. 

    I wonder who taught her that. 

    I wonder what the plums will end up meaning for Dany in turn. After all, Viserys had hung the dress beside the door for her. The point of entry and exit. Dany has a special door of her own. Red as smoldering scarlet silk.

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  • oneyearinblack
    02.12.2021 - 44 minutes ago

    034 - Kämpfer - Fighter #art #artwork #artproject #black #blackandwhite #characters #design #icon #icons #logo #masterpiece #mystery #sign #symbol #fighter https://www.instagram.com/p/CW-rmkBIqBj/?utm_medium=tumblr

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  • artist-sarian
    02.12.2021 - 47 minutes ago

    Dream, 1904, Martiros Sarian

    Medium: watercolor,paper


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  • jemandtherobots
    02.12.2021 - 1 hour ago

    this is a really weird question but your spotify wrapped top 100 playlists...... are they numbered? everyone's doing the "send me a number" thing and i'm like. yeah i will not be counting down the list lol if you send me a number i will be picking a random song off the list that looks to be vaguely in that ballpark.

    #where my other playlists would have a number i just have a musical note symbol for the top 100 so #maybe you guys are just putting in more effort?? #that said if you guys want to send me numbers go right ahead and i will tell you lies in response
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  • tahitianstarseed
    02.12.2021 - 2 hours ago

    A͙f͙f͙i͙r͙m͙a͙t͙i͙o͙n͙ D͙a͙i͙l͙y͙ C͙a͙r͙d͙ P͙u͙l͙l͙ {✰🅤🅝🅘🅥🅔🅡🅢🅐🅛 🅛🅞🅥🅔✰} from ࿈𝒁𝒊𝒃𝒖 𝑨𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝑺𝒚𝒎𝒃☬𝒍࿈ 𝑨ffirmation and 𝑶racle Cards by: 𝑫ebbie 𝒁. 𝑨lmstedt. 𓂀︎Imprint this symb☬l in your 𝑴ind, 𝑩ody, and 𝑺oul. You can also draw this physically on paper or mentally in your mind or with your dominate pointer finger in the palm of your hand 10 times and at the same time say the affirmation 10 times as well or as long as you want, it is powerfully positive affirmation.𓂀︎ ♡And I absolutely love these cards especially for affirmations.♡ #oraclereader #oraclecommunity #oraclecards #tarotcards #tarotreader #tarotreadersofinstagram #tarotreadings #manifestation #manifestations #oraclecardreadersofinstagram #tarotcommunity #zibuangelicsymbols #zibuangelicsymbols #zibusymbols #zibu #angelicsymbol #angel #angels #symbol #symbols #symbolism #dailydivination #dailyguidance #affirmation #affirmations #divination #dailyaffirmation #dailyaffirmations #universallove (at Dania Beach, Florida) https://www.instagram.com/p/CW-hOY0rlrS/?utm_medium=tumblr

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  • artist-sarian
    02.12.2021 - 2 hours ago

    Fairy tale, 1904, Martiros Sarian

    Medium: watercolor,paper

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  • adasmemes
    02.12.2021 - 3 hours ago

    send ‘💦’ if your muse thinks mine is fuckable.

    if you can’t see the symbol, send ‘sweat droplets’!
    #rp meme#symbol meme #symbol rp meme #nsft#adasmemes #i wanted to save this for sinday but 'eff it xD
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  • adasmemes
    02.12.2021 - 3 hours ago

    send ‘💋’ if your muse thinks mine is kissable.

    if you can’t see the symbol, send ‘smooch’!
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  • menmass
    02.12.2021 - 4 hours ago

    that new mha official art spread is killing me because deku and bakugou look like a married couple that brings back chopped wood and berries to their cozy little cabin in the snowy mountains

    #and they’re out on a hunt with their friends who live in the surrounding woods and village respectively #bkdk#bakudeku#personal #ofc bkg has the wolf hori we know you’ve been going thru all the wolf!bkg fanart 🙄 #the fcking wolf and ram symbolism I will throw myself out the window rn hori
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  • gifsofarrakis
    02.12.2021 - 4 hours ago
    “‘How do you call among you the little mouse, the mouse that jumps?’ Paul asked, remembering the pop-hop motion at Tuono Basin. He illustrated with one hand. A chuckle sounded through the troop. ‘We call that one muad’dib,’ Stilgar said.”

    -Dune, Frank Herbert & The Muad’Dib and Muad’Dib, Dune (2020) dir. Villeneuve

    #dune#dune gifs#dune 2021#dune 2020 #dune frank herbert #timothée chalamet#paul atreides #the way he hides in the holograph #like the Muad’Dib!! #cause you know #he is#symbolism
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  • comradekiwi
    02.12.2021 - 5 hours ago

    I’m sorry ur telling me katsuki has a wolf and izuku has a ram (male sheep, strong)….?????

    also they’re standing so close together n look they’re married. they’re so gay

    #the SYMBOLISM#horikoshi pls #they rly look like they’re leaning into each other esp deku #like to look at the same thing in the distance #but still #that’s so mf cute #bkdk#bnha #boku no hero academia #my hero academia #decchan#bakudeku#mha
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  • hopelesshawks
    02.12.2021 - 6 hours ago
    #ok but why did I try to find the x in the symbols section as if it isn’t a wholeass letter 💀 #hopeless.inbox #hopeless.moni #hopeless.moots
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  • greymichaela
    02.12.2021 - 6 hours ago
    #I have... no idea what this is tbh #but Elvis DOES know how to crochet (I made up the knitting bit) and the idea of him doing it for teammates brings me endless joy #and the Latvian Lielverdes symbols are real and so so pretty #Elvis Merzlikins#Nick Foligno#hockey rpf#Michaela writes #I just blacked out and when I came to I'd written 1K about Elvis missing Nick so much he brought him back to CBJ by... knitting? #idk man #just take it and go #(and I hope you feel better soon Anon)
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  • artist-redon
    02.12.2021 - 6 hours ago

    Roger and Angelica, 1910, Odilon Redon

    Medium: pastel,paper

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  • makhdoomsadiqkhan
    02.12.2021 - 7 hours ago


    #painting#artist#art#abstract#youtube#art collector#contemporary art #artists on tumblr #art dealer#art gallery#art advisory #buy my art #creative painting #abstract imaginative creative surrealism conceptual symbolism outsiderart artbrut avantgarde postmodernism neoexpressionism naiveart livinga #imaginative painting #acrylic painting demonstration #hammer painting demonstration #live painting demonstration #demonstration #avantgarde painting tutorial #avantgarde painting demonstration video #outsider art demonstration #learn acrylic painting #best acrylic painting demonstration for beginners #avantgarde is demonstrating cubism #how to #how to paint like picasso #abstract ideas at peak #how to make an abstract painting #how to make a figurative abstract
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  • thecookiemonster77
    02.12.2021 - 7 hours ago

    *blinks* so it just now occurred to me that I’m probably interpreting the bus stop fiction much more differently than most people do??? And I don’t just mean the lie Pran and Pat used to get their friends to stop fighting, I’m also referring to the lie Pat used to get his friends to help rebuild the bus stop

    Okay so, recap: Pran tells everyone they can’t fight in this spot because seniors from both their faculties built it. Pat reinforces the lie, both of them temporarily manage to keep their friends from duking it out in front of a security camera. Pat later uses the lie to trick his friends into helping the architect students repair the stop

    But my interpretation of that second lie, the one Pat tells to his friends, is that it’s also a convenient fiction for them to help the architecture students

    I do think they genuinely believe that seniors from both faculties built the original bus stop (and it’ll be really interesting to see if that original lie is exposed and if that actually affects anything), but I also think that they’re using it as an excuse to help with the rebuilding without losing face or fully admitting to their guilt

    When Pat initially scolds them about the bus stop, they don’t immediately protest the scolding. Their first reaction is to look at each other, shocked and surprised. Considering how panicked they were going into the disciplinary office at the start of the episode, vs the joking and playing Pat walks into at the end (especially in contrast to how stressed the architecture gang is throughout this episode), it seems like they genuinely didn’t realize that the architecture students didn’t get the same punishment as they did. And when Pat yells at them, they look so guilty. They know the incident is equally their fault, but the architecture students are bearing the brunt of the punishment. They ruined that guilt in the next minute, but it comes off as more defensive posturing to me than anything else. They don’t know what they can do about it though and they’re worried to admit their role and culpability in the problem with that insecurity, so they hide behind bluster and a “their problem, not ours” attitude

    So when they challenge Pat (why is this our problem, why do we need to care) and Pat insists not doing anything will mean losing their territory, they’re all pretty on board with this plan really quickly. And…their insistence on why they definitely do need to help a little strange, almost. Like, how the hell would they lose the rights to a bus stop? It’s a bus stop. Furthermore, all of them recently got scolded for fighting at it and the architecture gang is facing actual expulsion if they don’t fix the bus stop. They’re certainly not going to fight the engineers about being in that space when they’re on such thin ice—even if things were tense, engineering is the group that ultimately has the upper hand there. And if tensions really were that bad, the group of them is half a step from disappearing from their uni lives. Given half a thought, their excuse for why they need to help rebuild the bus stop falls apart

    It could just be that that’s how these guys think—the show starts with Pat picking a fight with Wai just because backing down would ‘damage his reputation’. it’s an incredibly stupid conflict, and the narrative treats it as such (as seen by Pa and Pran’s reactions to the fight), but that could just be where these characters are at in this point of the narrative. It could also be that these guys will just follow Pat’s request to help because at the end of the day, he is their good friend and they’d want to help him.

    But considering how much of this show’s framework is built around convenient fictions—things like Pat and Pran’s…everything, really, from creating fictions that let them interact as something other than enemies (ie the roleplaying to help design the bus stop) to hiding their care for the other behind the excuse of their rivalry (“I love the look on your face…when you LOSE”); and also even beyond them to the other character relationships like InkPa (ie Pa projecting her crush onto Pat, Ink flirting with Pa by feeding her pancake with that sign behind them)—Bad Buddy as very much a show is that emphasizes how people may say one thing but their actions will betray another feeling entirely. And as they keep revealing more and more layers to all of the characters and their actions, I can’t help but wonder if we’re going to learn that the engineering guys did genuinely feel bad for getting the architecture students in so much trouble and Pat’s claim that they’ll “lose an asset” gave them a convenient excuse to help their rivals without fully admitting to their guilt.

    Of course, I can just be pulling straws here, but hinting that these guys were genuinely concerned about their rivals, even during this time where their fighting is at its peak and they have no connection to the other group beyond their rivalry, would add a new layer and dynamic to the two groups’ eventual reconciliation. The bus stop wouldn’t just be symbolic of how Pat and Pran work together as a team, but it’d also be the first olive branch between both factions. And furthermore, it wouldn’t just be the first reconciliation between the two groups, it’d be the first reconciliation Pat and Pran directly helped, but not necessarily with the burden of having to inspire it. Adding a layer to the fiction that implies Korn, Chang, and Mo might’ve liked to have helped the architecture students (after they got their heads out of their asses) regardless would also contrast the parents’ rivalry in showing how a reconciliation cannot only rely on Pat and Pran, but also everyone embroiled in it. Given that we also know that Pat and Pran’s fathers were a part of this rivalry between both faculties, and unlike the others of their generation (like Professor Pichai), they have not moved on from any rivalry whatsoever, it’d show how a true reconciliation between them could be inspired by Pat and Pran, but could not occur only because of them

    #bad buddy #again: IK I MIGHT BE REACHING #i really love both friend groups so i am biased to seeing them all as good guys #a reconciliation is going to take some growth on both sides to come together but…tbh I don’t actually think it will need to be that much?? #im biased bc i have had some rly bitter rivalries of mine turn into rly good friendships without a noticeable event precipitating the change #but i??? truly don’t think either side is that bad????? #pats friends need to apologize to Wai for the shit they pulled while he was working #but otherwise…both groups did some shit. they can all just acknowledge it and then move on without much trouble tbh #half their problem is bad faith takes anyways #given how bad buddy as a show thrives on the lies and fictions people tell themselves and others to mask their true intentions #I would *rly* love to see the bus stop become a symbol beyond just patpran #and also a symbol of hope in how people CAN come together without the burden being solely on patpran #who rly didn’t want anything to do with this bullshit #truly I just don’t want them to have to bear that burden #they don’t need that #leave them be
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  • gustave-moreau
    02.12.2021 - 7 hours ago

    Sappho, 1893, Gustave Moreau

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