I cannot believe that tomorrow I will see this painting. There are so many old friends waiting for me at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich and strangers I’ve never met.
Being a flight attendant means I’m privy to secrets that people don’t normally share. Desires and dreams, things they want to see or things they are too afraid to see. A lot of things happen when you are 36,000 feet in the air and sometimes people just want to talk. Something I talk to people a lot about are their bucket lists. Places they want to travel, mountains to climb. I have one of those also but the best conversations are the ones where strangers talk about their separate bucket list for art. Things you have to see with your own eyes.
Which is why tomorrow is so exciting for me. I can cross off entire sections. I spent my entire childhood studying these masterpieces and it’s no longer enough to only see them captured in a book. I have to stand before them and on those rare occasions I have to stand and cry before them. Sometimes I have to whisper thank you to them for seeing me through those dark teenage times, for guiding me, giving me strength, and for teaching me that beauty absolutely lies in the eye of the beholder.
This years Halloween post* is dedicated to the villiains that haunted our childhood dreams …
* I’ve also decided to do something a bit new this year. I will be reposting some of my old villains and unfortunately I didn’t save links for those images (please spare me the lecture I’m sick of hearing it). Instead of cluttering up each post I am going to pin the image or upload the image to my pinboard and use that as the link.
Lost my source (sorry!) 1862 Costume Ball. Photographer: Joseph Albert (Don’t know who originally found the source but cheers!)
2. Portrait of two ladies at Märchenball von “Jung-München” (one of the three great art societies in Munich) in costume. Photographed by Franz Hanfstaengl. c. 1862
3. Portrait of participant of the Märchenball von “Jung-München” (one of the three great art societies in Munich) in costume. Photographed by Franz Hanfstaengl. c. 1862
4. Anna Pavlova Dressed in costume for The fairy doll - photograph by Matzene Studio - c. possibly 1916
Brian Kesinger shared this amazing photo on Facebook of Victorian (ninja pirates) ladies hitting the gym in 1899! The lady on the far right closest to the camera has a beautiful head of hair (and ridiculously small wrists)!
Robe de style Renaissance en satinette beige et panne beige, le tout peint de motifs or. Encolure carrée garnie d’une bande or en latex moulé ; taille haute avec effet de pointe arrondie. Panneau devant garni d’applications rose, bleu, or, en dentelle argent formant des couronnes et des motifs religieux. Bouillonné en toile écrue aux manches. Hennin en lamé vieil or, garni d’un bourrelet lamé or et motifs fantaisie, couronne dorée attenante, voile en tulle écru brodé de feuilles d’or.