The Knidian Aphrodite

"14. Europa's kiss is sweet though it reach only to the lips, though it but lightly touch the mouth. But she touches not with the edge of the lips; with her mouth cleaving close she drains the soul from the finger-tips.

15. Where is now Praxiteles? Where are the hands of Polycleitus, that gave life to the works of ancient art? Who shall mould Melite's scented ringlets, or her fiery eyes and the splendour of her neck? Where are the modellers, the carvers in stone? Such beauty, like the image of a god, deserved a temple."

RUFINUS, From the Greek Anthology, book V, Loeb Ed.

A Tumblr about the NUDE & the BODY, especially FEMALE.

eleanasound:

The Last Japanese Mermaids 

For nearly two thousand years, Japanese women living in coastal fishing villages made a remarkable livelihood hunting the ocean for oysters and abalone, a sea snail that produces pearls. They are known as Ama. The few women left still make their living by filling their lungs with air and diving for long periods of time deep into the Pacific ocean, with nothing more than a mask and flippers.

In the mid 20th century, Iwase Yoshiyuki returned to the fishing village where he grew up and photographed these women when the unusual profession was still very much alive. After graduating from law school, Yoshiyuki had been given an early Kodak camera and found himself drawn to the ancient tradition of the ama divers in his hometown. His photographs are thought to be the only comprehensive documentation of the near-extinct tradition in existence

(via nudeforjoy)

pixography:
René Magritte ~ “Exercices spirituels”, 1936

pixography:

René Magritte ~ “Exercices spirituels”, 1936

colin-vian:
  Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Corriendo por la playa, 1908, Óleo sobre lienzo. Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias

colin-vian:

  Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Corriendo por la playa, 1908, Óleo sobre lienzo. Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias

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