The Temptations of Christ is a fresco by the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli, executed in 1480–1482 and located in the Sistine Chapel, Rome.
In 1480 Botticelli, together with a couple other Florentine painters, left for Rome, where he had been called as part of the reconciliation project between Lorenzo de’ Medici, the de facto ruler of Florence, and Pope Sixtus IV. The Florentines started to work in the Sistine Chapel as early as the Spring of 1481.
The theme of the decoration of the Chapel was a parallel between the Stories of Moses and those of Christ, showing the continuity between the Old and the New Testament. It also was meant to prove the continuity between the divine law of the Tables and the message of Jesus, who has chosen Peter, the first bishop of Rome, as his successor. This would finally result in the legitimation of the latter’s successors, the popes of Rome. Continue reading →
I promise I will do my best to keep it short as it is possible. I am aware that these days, the modern man loses its focus in only a few sentences and, generally speaking, his or her interest resume to the headlines.
We are on the verge of the new Cold War or something much worst. Continue reading →
Aleister Crowley was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, adventurer, mountaineer, poet, painter, novelist, and allegedly spy or secret government agent, member, or co-founder of several esoteric orders, founder of Thelema, considered the Godfather of modern Satanism and labelled by the press of his time as being “the wickedest man in the world”. Preceded mainly by his bad reputation, Crowley is the one to love or hate. He has remained one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, both amongst occult-ists and in popular culture. In 2002, a BBC poll placed Crowley on the honourable seventy-third position in a list of the 100 Greatest Britons, a list led by Sir Winston Churchill, and populated by prominent personalities such as Charles Darwin, William Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton, John Lennon or Diana, Princess of Wales. He has become even more famous after his death than during his life. Continue reading →
Recently there has been a lot of discussion on and offline regarding the rumours that Cristiano Ronaldo supposedly spent 12,300,000 USD on the exclusive Bugatti car La Voiture Noire. The only one built car is styled after the legendary Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic model, and it was made to mark the 11th anniversary of the founding of the car manufacturer. Continue reading →
The R.I.P. Rockstars is a standard, poker size playing and fortune-telling deck of cards. Each of the 53 cards of the deck celebrates the life and legacy of a rock star who has passed away in tragic circumstances. Continue reading →
In a globalised and digitalised world, humanity seems to lose its way. Although it may have been a long and subtle process, the signs of disaster are more obvious nowadays than ever before. The Tarot deck is one of the most relevant examples. Continue reading →
Truth to be told, I am one of the very few individuals from the Western civilisation who was not infected by the Game of Thrones virus. It is not a good thing, nor a bad thing, it is just a fact. Continue reading →