Sleeping Hermaphroditos, a Roman Imperial work (2nd century AD), which was discovered near the Baths of Diocletian in Rome, and probably inspired by a Greek original of the 2nd century BC. The mattress was sculpted by Bernini.
With the voluptuous curves, one might assume walking by this sculpture, without closer observation, that a female is depicted. Hermaphroditos is actually a male, the son of Hermes and Aphrodite, and is depicted here as a bisexed figure. The sculpture, and those like it, raise profound questions about the nature of arousal and desire.
The following sections are written by Astier Marie-Bénédicte of the Louvre, and are all worth a read:
The story of Hermaphroditos:
There is nothing improper in this work, but it still intrigues the viewer. Hermaphroditos, had rejected the advances of the nymph Salmacis. Unable to resign herself to this rejection, Salmacis persuaded Zeus to merge their two bodies forever, hence the strange union producing one bisexed being with male sexual organs and the voluptuous curves of a woman. Stretched out in erotic abandon on the mattress provided by Bernini, the figure sleeps. Yet Hermaphroditos has only fallen half asleep: the twisting pose of the body and the tension apparent down to the slightly raised left foot are indicative of a dream state.
An embodiment of Hellenistic taste:
[…] The subject reflects the taste for languid nudes, surprise effects, and theatricality, all of which were prized in the late Hellenistic period. The work is designed to be viewed in two stages. First impressions are of a gracious and sensuous body that leads one to think that the figure is a female nude in the Hellenistic tradition; this effect is heightened here by the sinuousness of the pose. The other side of the statue then brings a surprise, revealing the figure’s androgynous nature by means of the crudest realism. This effect of contrast and ambiguity, indeed this taste for the strange that plays with the viewer’s emotions, is the result of the theatricality of some Hellenistic art. This utopian combination of two sexes is sometimes interpreted as a half-playful, half-erotic creation, designed to illustrate Platonic and more general philosophical reflections on love.
On a side note holding a pose with your arms arranged like that is really difficult. You would not believe how quickly your right arm will fall asleep.
If you want to avoid getting called on in class or in a meeting, then you should wear the color black. All the other color frequencies will reach the eyes before black.
Avoid being the first one noticed, those with colorful clothing will attract the attention before you will.
That’s probably also why assassins and burglars always wear black. The victims won’t know what (literally) hit them until it’s too late.
- That diagram appears to be a unitless measure of the relative intensity per unit area of sunlight: essentially, how brightly the sun shines in these colors.
- Black is not a “color frequency”.
- Air has a negligible dispersion effect over the distance considered, i.e. it doesn’t significantly slow light down at different wavelengths. You are sitting in a classroom or meeting space, not attempting to get a clear picture of a far-distant star.
- While the photoreceptors of the eye each do have certain wavelengths to which they are most receptive, contrast is far more important for picking out visual cues. Starting from the retina on up, our visual system essentially highlights sharp differences in hue or lightness. This is most easily demonstrated in the Mach Band illusion.
- Corollary: dark colors blend in when it’s dark, and not when it’s light. Light colors blend in when it’s light, not when it’s dark.
- Teachers and professionals at meetings are not robots programmed to target whatever they see first. They are, surprisingly, humans.
- Teachers, being humans, are far more subject to complex factors of bias, such as gender or race, or class of students and their parents, when it comes to where they give attention and encouragement. Same goes for business settings.
- Your clothing may in fact have a biasing effect on teacher or colleague perception of you. This is not a lovely and desirous thing that our culture does.
Warner Bros. makes a lot of money each year licensing the rights to the superhero IP of DC Comics. And that includes literally hundreds of t-shirts. We know that licensing can be pretty strict. It took a public shaming for them to allow the Superman logo to be used on a statue of a young fan who had been starved to death.
So it’s always interesting to what DOES get signed off on. Like this shirt.
Elizabeth II playable in Smash Bros. 4 with various skins.
BATMAN by Jiro Kuwata
Colugos are little-known, forest-dwelling animals that have huge gliding membranes, similar to flying squirrels. This enables them to make spectacular leaps from tree to tree.
Baby colugos are born tiny and helpless, and are carried on the mother’s belly for six months until they are developed enough to strike out on their own.
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