Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day 2010 - 1 heart, 1 skull

The image immediately above (snapped by one Bro Lawrence Lew) is of St. Valentine's bedecked skull, which you can still "viddy" in Rome, Italy, in the church of St. Maria in Cosmedin. The real deal is about as romantic as a love song by Brooklyn's Notorious B.I.G., but after all, Valentine met with martyrdom in Rome during the year 269 AD, after being arrested for marrying Christian couples.

For the more romantic souls, is Jim Dine's iconic gestural woodcut on this hugely commercialized holiday. Interestingly, the 1st representation of the saint was in yet another woodcut, found in the Nuremburg Chronicle, way back in 1493.

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