I’ve been married before, professionally, a couple of times, but this takes the biscuit.
charles santore’s little mermaid
Aycayia → Among the Neo-Taino nations of the Caribbean such as Puerto Rico and Cuba, the “Aycayia” was a mermaid in which its name means “she with a lovely voice”. She was known to be seductive and sexually generous, being the incarnation of beauty and of sin who gave men pleasure but robbed them of free will.
"If there is a God, He will have to beg my forgiveness."
The Course of Empire is a five-part series of paintings created by Thomas Cole in the years 1833-36. It is notable in part for reflecting popular American sentiments of the times, when many saw pastoralism as the ideal phase of human civilization, fearing that empire would lead to gluttony and inevitable decay.
The series of paintings depicts the growth and fall of an imaginary city, situated on the lower end of a river valley, near its meeting with a bay of the sea. The valley is distinctly identifiable in each of the paintings, in part because of an unusual landmark: a large boulder is precariously situated atop a crag overlooking the valley. Some critics believe this is meant to contrast the immutability of the earth with the transience of man.