I’m not a Democrat or a Republican. What I’m against is the bullying coming from the right. Always from the right. Always. This is a flat-out attempt to ridicule the bullies and throw some light on the heroes. I've got lots to work with.
I don't own any of these images. The disdainful comments are all mine, however.
Easter Sunday 1963. John F. Kennedy sits with Caroline while Jackie Kennedy steals a smoke behind them.
Wallfahrtsbild - Kümmernis aus Schwarzau am Steinfeld, NÖ
Die heilige Kümmernis - Die heilige Wilgefortis
(engl.: Uncumber / dutch: Ontkommer )
Art historians have argued that the origins of the cult can be found with the Volto Santo of Lucca, a large eleventh century carved wooden figure of Christ on the Cross, bearded like a man, but dressed in a full-length tunic like a woman …
The theory is that when the composition was copied and brought north over the next 150 years, in small copies by pilgrims and dealers, this unfamiliar image led trouser-wearing Northerners to create a narrative to explain the androgynous icon.
According to the narrative, sometimes set in Portugal, a teen-aged noblewoman named Wilgefortis had been promised in marriage by her father to a pagan king. To thwart the unwanted wedding, she had taken a vow of virginity, and prayed that she would be made repulsive …
In answer to her prayers she sprouted a beard, which ended the engagement.
In anger, Wilgefortis’s father had her crucified.
She was decisively debunked during the late 16th century, and thereafter disappears from high art, although lingering well into the 20th century in more popular forms, especially in Bavaria and Austria, but also in northern France and Belgium.
She is often shown with a small fiddler at her feet, and with one shoe off. This derives from a legend, also attached to the Volto Santo of Lucca, of a silver shoe with which the statue had been clothed dropping spontaneously at the feet of a poor pilgrim.
In the Wilgefortis version the poor devotee became a fiddler …
The earliest known evidence of cross-dressing.