“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Ɯbermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarÄ«, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Gregor Erhart, Vanitas (c.1500)

This regularly composed group of three figures contrasts youth and beauty on one side to old age on the other, the former represented by a young man and young girl, the latter in the shape of an old woman with drastic signs of decrepitude. The chastity of the beautiful young couple is in sharp opposition to the shameless exhibition of ugliness on the part of the old woman, which borders on travesty. The moralizing tendency - all is vain - is linked to certain puritan principles. The natural approach towards the naked body characteristic of antiquity has not yet been regained. The shimmering quality of the enamel-like colouring and the richness of surface texture are typical of Holbein the Elder.

Allegory of Vanity
Gregor Erhart
(Ulm c. 1468 - 1540 Augsburg)
Hans Holbein the Elder? (colouring)
(Augsburg c. 1465 - 1524 Augsburg)
Augsburg, c. 1500
Limewood with original polychromy; H 46 cm
KK Inv. No. 1

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