Mary Magdalene in a Cave (16th Century)

This piece is by Abraham Bloemaert. Lots of cool imagery in art depicting Mary Magdalene. Usually it involves a skull, caves, long hair, and books. The religious meaning behind the illustrations are less important to me than the visual, but I’m sure they all have a deeper meaning that some appreciate as well.

Mary Magdalene in a Cave (16th Century)

Image is from Rijksmuseum and Wikimedia Commons, under Public Domain License.

With Love, TeeTee Ella

Pooping Pranks (1515) by Unknown

The story of McFanny. Includes 7 illustrations of this Poop pranking rascal! He takes it too far, and his bum pays dearly for it.


McFanny was a simple man. Spending his days working and his lunches being a rascal. Most people disliked him, but he was harmless. In the beginning, his go to prank was the “butt wiggle”.

Then one day everything changed…

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The Scold’s Bridle

A Scold’s bridle, sometimes called a witch’s bridle, a gossip’s bridle, a brank’s bridle, or simply branks, was an instrument of punishment, as a form of torture and public humiliation.

(Photo)Scold’s Bridle, 1550-1800 under (CC BY 4.0) – Credit Wellcome Collection. Information from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0). (Art)1870 Two Scold’s Bridles under Public Domain License.

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Ornamental Skull (16th Century)

By Hans Wecht. This is a decorative skull with a lovely frame. At the bottom of the image is the text “Mundanae foelicitatis glia”, which is Latin. It translates as “Worldly happiness glia”. Glia refers to the cells in the nervous system.

Image is from the Wellcome Collection and Wikimedia Commons, under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). Information is from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0).

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Martyrdom of Margaret (1559)

“Saint Margaret of Antioch appears without injuries from the dragon’s belly thanks to the sign of the cross in her hands. She is honored by two angels who also both hand her a palm branch…”


This piece is associated with the following people: Johannes Wierix(printmaker); Jan van der Straet(designer), and Philips Galle(Publisher).

As amazing as the story sounds, the real reason this image is awesome – the dragon!! Look at its crazy facceee!! Bonus dragon boobs, if you are into that.

Martyrdom of Saint Margaret of Antioch” (1559-1612) is made available by Rijksmuseum(Dutch national museum), under Public Domain.

With Love, TeeTee Ella