warmth in winter
Mountainous Landscape, 1720s by Alessandro Magnasco (1667–1749)

Mountainous Landscape, 1720s by Alessandro Magnasco (1667–1749)

Portrait of a Lady (‘La Dama in Rosso’), c. 1556–1560 by Giovanni Battista Moroni (1525–1578)

Portrait of a Lady (‘La Dama in Rosso’), c. 1556–1560 by Giovanni Battista Moroni (1525–1578)

The penalty for reckless crime is ruin when men breathe a spirit of pride above just measure, because their mansions teem with more abundance than is good for them. But let there be such wealth as brings no distress, enough to satisfy a sensible man. For riches do not protect the man who in wantonness has kicked the mighty altar of Justice into obscurity.

Perverse Temptation, the overmastering child of designing Destruction, drives men on; and every remedy is futile. His evil is not hidden; it shines forth, a baleful gleam. Like base metal beneath the touchstone’s rub, when tested he shows the blackness of his grain (for he is like a child who chases a winged bird) and upon his people he brings a taint against which there is no defence. No god listens to his prayers. The man associated with such deeds, him they destroy in his unrighteousness.

Agamemnon by Aeschylus
The Bridal Train, 1933 by Frank O. Salisbury (1874–1962)

The Bridal Train, 1933 by Frank O. Salisbury (1874–1962)

Fear nothing and never be afraid; and don’t fret. If only your penitence fail not, God will forgive all. There is no sin, and there can be no sin on all the earth, which the Lord will not forgive to the truly repentant. Man cannot commit a sin so great as to exhaust the infinite love of God. Can there be a sin which can exceed the love of God? Think only of repentance, continual repentance, but dismiss fear altogether. Believe that God loves you as you cannot conceive: that he loves you with your sin, in your sin. It has been said of old that over one repentant sinner there is more joy in heaven than over ten righteous men. Go and fear not. Be not bitter against men. Be not angry if you are wronged. Forgive the dead man in your heart what wrong he did you. Be reconciled with him in truth. And if you love you are of God. If I a sinner, even as you are, am tender with you and have pity on you, how much more will God.
Elder Zosima, The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
cavetocanvas:

Gero Crucifix from the Cologne Cathedral, Germany. c. 970

cavetocanvas:

Gero Crucifix from the Cologne Cathedral, Germany. c. 970

The Virgin in Prayer, 1640–50 by Il Sassoferrato (1609–1685)

The Virgin in Prayer, 1640–50 by Il Sassoferrato (1609–1685)

toomuchart:

Sir Joshua Reynolds, Mrs Richard Crofts, 1775.

toomuchart:

Sir Joshua Reynolds, Mrs Richard Crofts, 1775.

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Utagawa Kuniyoshi .  Hatsuhana prays under a waterfall, c. 1842.  Colour woodblock, oban, 36.4 x 24.8 cm.
 American Friends of the British Museum (The Arthur R. Miller Collection) 15606.

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Utagawa Kuniyoshi .  Hatsuhana prays under a waterfall, c. 1842.  Colour woodblock, oban, 36.4 x 24.8 cm.

 American Friends of the British Museum (The Arthur R. Miller Collection) 15606.

necspenecmetu:

Mario Nuzzi, Flowers in a Blue Vase, c. 1640

necspenecmetu:

Mario Nuzzi, Flowers in a Blue Vase, c. 1640