Answer. I paint and make figures. Question. Do you know the reasons why you have been called here? A. No. Q. Can you imagine what those reasons may be? A. I can well imagine. Q. Say what you think about them.
Today I went to the Museum of Contemporary Art with my school and took a photo of this incredible sculpture. “China China - Bust 81” by Ah Xian. One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever photographed.
Printed by F. Champenois and published by Henri Piazza in Paris, 1899. Le Pater, consisted of a series of seven drawings. The seven verses of the Lord’s prayer are presented with illustrations by Mucha. Mucha felt that ‘Le Pater’ was his supreme achievement as an illustrator.
Commodus as Hercules. Marble Roman bust of emperor Commodus as Hercules. Accordingly, Commodus is dressed in lion skin, holding a club in one hand, and the apples of the Hesperides in the other. 191-192 AD.
The following are segments from the ancient Roman Historia Augusta, The Life of Commodus, dating to about the 4th century:
"He was called also the Roman Hercules, on the ground that he had killed wild beasts in the amphitheatre at Lanuvium; and, indeed, it was his custom to kill wild beasts on his own estate.
He pretended once that he was going to Africa, so that he could get funds for the journey, then got them and spent them on banquets and gaming instead. He murdered Motilenus, the prefect of the guard, by means of poisoned figs. He allowed statues of himself to be erected with the accoutrements of Hercules; and sacrifices were performed to him as to a god.”
The Roses of Heliogabalus (1888) by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema conveys the boy’s effete decadence. What seemingly is no more than a sumptuous shower of petals cascading down upon revelers at a banquet actually depicts their death, as many will be smothered beneath the flowers for the…