I always saw myself in this
Albert-Joseph Pénot, Départ pour le Sabbat
The postcard, from which this image is taken, has the caption “Salon d’Hiver.” This was one of the famous art salons of Paris.
Numerous postcards were issues immediately before WWI with artwork by Pénot, photographically reproduced—like this one—from paintings he exhibited at the Parisian art salons. A few of these paintings/postcards seem to have used the same model as “Depart pour le Sabbat”. Pénot found some success painting for postcard publishers, with numerous, less ambitious, paintings being reproduced in colour (including a set of seven ‘Études de nu’).
The fall of the model’s hair suggests she is travelling rump-first (but with the broom travelling in the right direction; that is, from right-to-left); her pose suggests she is travelling face-first (but with the broom travelling in the wrong direction; that is, from left-to-right): all very confusing. The solution to this may be that Pénot is indebted to a sixteenth-century tradition among German artists of depicting witches with their hair flying in the opposite direction to the way they are travelling (see Jane Davidson The Witch in Northern European Art, 1470-1750 (Luca Verlag, 1987), p.18). Davidson does not explain this tradition. Perhaps it was to show how un-natural, inverted, or contrary to nature, the witch was in the minds of German artists.
A volte mi succede
Frog-legged leaf beetle (Sagra buqueti)
Every Thursday on The Field Museum’s Facebook page, entomologist and insect collections manager James Boone (who can be seen in this episode of The Brain Scoop, and in this video from The Field Revealed series) features a mind-blowingly amazing invertebrate for your enjoyment. I’ve yet to capture the insects in photograph as well as Daniel Le, so I’m totally just reposting this from over there — but be sure to check it out, and stay tuned for more soon!
Named because the back legs resemble those of a frog, it’s a member of the order Coleoptera, family Chrysomelidae, Sagra buqueti. Sagras do not jump but their strong, oversized hind legs along with dense hairs are used to hold the stems of their food plant while they eat. This beetle is metallic green with a red and gold band running along the inside margins of the elytra (the hard, outer-wing shells that encase the fragile, functional wings underneath [EG]). Frog-legged leaf beetles can be found in Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Java, Sumatra, and Philippines.
© The Field Museum, Photographer Daniel Le, Zoology - Division of Insects 2011
Mouth Series by Paolo Čerić
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