sacrificing virgins is an old trick in greek tragedy, made use of by all three tragedians… iphigenia and antigone are sensationally significant victims: iphigenia’s sacrifice is the lynchpin of all that happens to agamemnoon afterwards; antigone’s death is the transcendent culmination of sophokles’ play. these deaths change the stories in which they are set, transform the lives around them and force moral reasoning to an extreme confrontation with itself. polyxena’s death is different. it is not placed at the beginning or the end of the play but muffled in the middle; it does not constitute either cause or culmination of the action; it does not change the plot or other people in any substantial way; and it forces us to no moral conclusion at all except that such sacrifice is irrelevant to the world in which is is staged. polyxena is a shooting star that wipes itself across the play and disappears.- anne carson,preface to the hekabe of euripides in ‘grief lessons: four plays’ (euripides, trans. anne carson)
Lock my heart, throw away the key fill my love with ecstasy. Bind my heart with your warm embrace and tell me no one would ever take my place.
Versailles by Irene Suchocki
Diana, Jules Joseph Lefebvre (French 1836-1911).
john williams did this on fucking purpose i know it
Elizabeth Olsen in Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, for Dazed & Confused.