Eighteenth-century Italian noblewomen had one indispensable accessory: an extramarital lover.
The miniature paintings celebrated and commemorated love at a time when public expressions of affection were uncouth.
The original inspiration for the now-ubiquitous equestrian statue, a classical bronze of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, was almost melted down and lost forever.
Demons and artists, it seems, pull from the same bag of tricks. They take ordinary matter and transform it into something more wondrous, more terrifying.
According to the extramission theory of vision, our eyes send out beams of elemental fire that spread, nerve like, to create the visual field.