Did anything surprising happen to you? Our electricity was leaping (my computer didn’t turn on at all). On this day, so many things accumulated that everything had to be done literally on the run, but I somehow managed to make it to the beginning of the holiday! Anya (Krokodila) and I exchanged Souvenirs, and what would you think? One of the presented cups I accidentally broke into pieces (the benefit of all the regulars exclaimed “for luck!”), and her candy bouquet was accidentally eaten… in General, the day was unforgettable.And continuing the theme of incredible coincidences, we begin the week of things with an interesting story or an unsolved mystery. These are the artifacts that our authors keep…
Olga Kovaleva (olena2): “I have three soulful things. Two of them are old grandmother’s figurines.I love and protect them very much. They have an amazing ability to calm. If I feel very bad and anxious, I just take them in both hands, and it’s like my whole life flashes before my eyes. Continue reading
Two brides for one groom: the Mystery of the picturesque plot of the mystical betrothal of Saint Catherine
Among the works of masters of the Renaissance and later periods of the history of painting, there are often those that depict the “mystical betrothal of Saint Catherine”. At the same time, the essence of what is happening may seem vague – after all, the engagement in the usual modern understanding of the canvas does not occur. It turns out that the brides in these paintings could be two different women, but the groom – always one.
Saint Catherine of Alexandria lived in Egypt in the third century ad. Before the adoption of Christianity, she was named Dorothea and was the daughter of the ruler of Alexandria. The girl was famous for her extraordinary beauty, wisdom, and spiritual qualities, and was, of course, an enviable bride, but as a bridegroom she wanted only the most worthy – the one who would surpass her in everything. Continue reading