Judith and Holofernes
Bronze, height 236 cm (without base)
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
At Aalborg Zoo in Denmark, a Sumatran Tiger cub was born with an umbilical hernia. (This is a condition where the abdominal lining or part of an abdominal organ protrudes from the belly button area.) Veterinarians performed a successful surgery in October and immediately returned the little one to mom. Now the little Tiger is being raised by its mom, growing up strong and healthy.
Read the rest of this success story at Zooborns
watching over madiba (june. 23, 2013. 6:07 p.m. est, usa), nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
today, dec 5th, 2013 madiba has gone from this world. i thank him for the wideness and largeness of his spirit, the lion of his waters, the strength that fed us all. he taught me the truth about africa, taught me that she can and never will be defeated. i shed tears because i am happy you were here, amongst us, with us, filling us all with your light, love, and quiet honey. you magnificent child of Africa, let us sing and dance you home to the ancestors :)))
Santa Catalina de Siena asediada por demonios. Circa 1500.
Inhabited initial with a crowned and winged skeleton holding a scythe. From the Office of the Dead section of a Book of Hours made in Italy at the end of the 15th century (source).
FACT OF THE DAY: merry-go-rounds were originally called mary-go-rounds, named after Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587), the first person to ever ride one. she chose to sit on the giraffe