Maui – Bobby Holcomb

You know, Disney has a lot to answer for in the mutilating a story stake...I am not talking about your "Dumbos" or "Bambis", more things like..."Pocahontas" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dam" where they butcher either history or a well written story to present a cutesy happy ending, when in reality it wasn't quite so. ... Continue Reading →

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Mitra – Luke Hillestad

Peacocks are beautiful aren't they.  I have recently had one tattooed on my leg as there is so much symbolism that surrounds them, they are vain and showy, but also deemed as royalty and a protector because of the association with with Hera from Greek mythology.  When I saw this picture I was obviously drawn... Continue Reading →

Odin/The Hanged – Daniel Africano

It has been an absolute age since I have written about anything remotely mythy, so unashamedly, I admit, that after re-watching the first season of "American Gods" (fantastic series, I recommend watching...or read the book), I felt the urge to dust off my mythy geekdom and have a bash at trying to explain a tiny... Continue Reading →

The 12 Labours of Putin – Part 2

I don't really know if you have been on tenterhooks or not for the next round of Putin as Hercules, but I am hoping that you are finding the perception of him fascinating!  So where were we?  Hercules had Killed the lion and the hydra and got the deer.  Putin has fought with terrorism, staved... Continue Reading →

The Enigma – Paul Gustave Doré

I guess I can't really ignore that it is Easter. Hopefully you are all enjoying a bountiful stash of chocolate eggs and celebrating in a befitting manner. Personally I am enjoying the fact that I get a couple of extra days off, but for those of you that have a deeper meaning to this weekend,... Continue Reading →

The Garden of Earthly Delights – Hieronymus Bosch

Sometimes there are pieces of art that I love, but put off writing about as it looks like it is going to be a big job, until someone (you know who you are kkatch22) asks if I have ever written about a painting. So today is the day that I give this painting a whirl... Continue Reading →

Lilith – John Collier

It was International Women's Day yesterday... if you hadn't heard.  It's a day to break down barriers and try and dispel behaviours which bring about a gender gap.  I like to think that the gender gap is dwindling, but there are times when the perception of men and women wildly differ.  For example, if a... Continue Reading →

Vlad The Impaler – Artist Unknown

Do you remember 'Ghostbusters 2'?  You know the one where a picture tries to get a museum worker to steal a baby so that it can put its spirit in it.  Under the streets of New York there is a river of reactive slime and the statue of liberty is brought to life?  Do you... Continue Reading →

George and the Dragon – Paolo Uccello

Did you know that during the years 1920-1940 the film industry instigated colour coding for good guys and villains in cowboy films?  Good guys got white hats and bad guys had black ones.  While this was a standardised convention during this time to assist audiences in categorising the characters the first time this was used... Continue Reading →

A Muse (Calliope?) – Cosimo Tura

There is a reason that my alias is WidowCranky, one it is obviously a play on the panto character, Widow Twanky from Aladdin, the comedy stock character, who nags and moans, which led me to the change the name to Cranky as I only really moan when I see something that doesn't sit right with... Continue Reading →

Cupid’s Lie – Damien Hirst

We all know the image of the chubby cherub.  The one with the bow and arrow that can spark love in an instant.  The image is used every February on cards that we send as a hallmark tradition to tell that special person that we love them more on that one day than any other,... Continue Reading →

Birth Of Venus – Sandro Botticelli

Some days I just wish I could turn up to work riding a giant clam.  I think it would start the day off with some form of excitement, rather than sitting in traffic waiting to drive over a fly over which appears to have been built out of mechano.  Although turning up naked to the... Continue Reading →

Venus rising from the sea – a deception – Raphaelle Peale

I am quite open to all art concepts and themes. I therefore don't have an issue with nudity in art, but I can understand why some people feel that nudity in art is overwhelming or confrontational. While in my own little bubble I don't encounter censorship or adverse reactions to art as I bumble around,... Continue Reading →

Tower of Babel – Todd Schorr

I consider myself, fairly eloquent and reasonably well educated, yet sometimes I really do struggle to understand what people are talking about, regional dialects can sometimes present an issue, and this is just in English.  It's even worse when I try my broken language skills out in the originating country.  It's not particularly anyone's fault,... Continue Reading →

Marco Mazzoni

Life is short and fragile, yet it continues on in a cycle of birth and death.  Nature really is a wonderful thing.  The seasons taking taking the nature around us through this cycle yearly.  We start in the spring, with new life rising from the earth and follow it through summer to an abundance of... Continue Reading →

Young Sick Bacchus – Caravaggio

I expect by now you're all sick of the left overs and the amount of drink you have in the house. Dreading tonight's turkey curry, and another glass of sherry, so just imagine what it would be like if your life was just one party full of feasts and wine. As appealing as it sounds,... Continue Reading →

The Untethered Mari Llwyd Conjures a Dark Dream of the Sea – Paul Woodford

I hate people coming to my front door...but it's usually the Avon lady or some form of religious group, all of who hand me leaflets or books which I either need to dispose of or give back, and that is annoying in itself. If however someone turned up at my door, for the soul purpose... Continue Reading →

Grýla – Þrándur Þórarinsson

For those of you that have children, I am sure that there are many of you that sometimes wish that the little darlings would just sit down and behave.  I appreciate that you all feel that your little angels are amazing, but as Christmas approaches, excitement peaks and they can get a little over exuberant... Continue Reading →

The Yule Lads – Artist Unknown

I quite like a little jaunt out.  Get a bit merry, maybe cause a little bit of frivolity now and then, but as I get older it gets a bit fewer and further between jaunts.  That is nothing compared to the Yule Lads as they are now confined to coming out for 13 nights a... Continue Reading →

Krampus – Artist unknown

How many times have you been left a piece of coal? Probably never, unless your family think that they are hilarious in trying to make you think you've been naughty and Santa has left you nothing but a sooty handful. While this is a bit of a forgotten empty threat these days, there is actually... Continue Reading →

King Midas – Arthur Rackham

If you could wish for anything at all, what would it be? World peace? Money? Life time supply of chocolate? I am sure there is something we would all wish for given the chance. I would love to say I would wish for something really honourable like solving world hunger, but right now what I... Continue Reading →

Futakuchi Onna – Yuko Shimzu

Bad hair days are one of the banes of my life. Cursed with not quite curly not quite straight hair I live in a constant struggle of trying to either tame it in to a state of straightness, or avoid looking like I have been dragged through a hedge backwards. While this may be my... Continue Reading →

Pierce – Craww

'Good Morning Mr Magpie, How's your lady wife today?' is a common phrase muttered if you see a solitary magpie, or if you are like me and lazy, you might just give it a nod.  Mostly because I try and logically talk myself out of superstition, but some habits die hard. Superstitions are odd, for... Continue Reading →

Chinese Unicorn – Artist Unknown

Occasionally I will come across something that completely baffles me. It's not often as I really like to profess my utter geekdom in all things mythical, but this one has me stumped. I've done a fair bit of research, but Chinese myth is fraught with overlapping images and/or lots of things which can all be... Continue Reading →

Samson and Delilah – Peter Paul Rubens

Today, I am back to the subject of pesky women.  Not so much a woman scorned today, but one that was easily bribed.  It's so easy to see why women got a bad wrap throughout the ages, with the stories of them being deceitful and manipulative, when I think we all know, in reality that... Continue Reading →

Osiris and Isis

Tonight, we take a detour to Egypt. Back to a time when it was ok to be in love with your sister...so knowing that this is an incestuous love story, it's still one that shows absolute devotion, which is what I like about it.There are many versions of this story, all of which have a... Continue Reading →

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