pre-raphaelisme:

La Walkyrie en sentinelle by Edward Robert Hughes

pre-raphaelisme:

La Walkyrie en sentinelle by Edward Robert Hughes

(vía post-impressionisms)

stickythings:

On the 1st of October 331bce, Alexander the Greats army versed Darius III Persian army on the plains of modern day Iraq.
According the Graeco-Roman historian Arrian, Darius III had 40,000 cavalry, 1,000,000 infantry and 200 scythe-bearing chariots. However the logistics of…

soleil-de-matin:

Anna Pavlova and Vaclav Nijinsky in “Le Pavillon d’Armide”, Paris, 1909

soleil-de-matin:

Anna Pavlova and Vaclav Nijinsky in “Le Pavillon d’Armide”, Paris, 1909

(vía imperial-russia)

daughter-of-castile:

Fernando & Juana, 3x04.

This scene is perfect and sad.

Sad because Joanna was his favourite daughter but years later, he enclosed her in Tordesilla.

He wasn’t in love with the power, he was obsessed with the power, too machiavelian.

(Fuente: spanishmonarchy)

russian-style:

Boris Zvorykin - Illustrations to “Boris Godunov”

"Boris Godunov" is a play by Alexander Pushkin, written in 1825. The play is based on history of Boris Godunov’s reign (1598-1605), which is believed to be the beginning of Smuta ( "The Time of Troubles", but I prefer Russian term).

Smuta was a crucial period in Russian history. Civil war, Polish and Sweden invasions, total chaos in governmental, economical and social structures - Smuta almost destroyed  the country. 

Pushkin wrote his play  inspired by Shakespeare’s historical dramas. “Boris Godunov” is highly reverenced in Russian culture - there’re opera by Mussorgsky, based on the play, and  thousand allusions in poetry, literature, art  etc.

By the legend, Pushkin himself was so exulted after finishing the play, that cried: “What a Pushkin, what a son of a bitch!”

(vía ohsoromanov)

historicaltimes:

Yuri Gagarin

historicaltimes:

Yuri Gagarin

Jane Austen’s handwritten manuscript of Persuasion

(Fuente: bookshavepores, vía lost-in-centuries-long-gone)

antique-royals:

The Countess of Castiglione 

(vía facesofthevictorianera)