Horace Vernet, Mezzeppa 1826
Mezzeppa was based on a play by Lord Byron, and tells the saga of a Ukranian man who falls in love with a married countess. Upon discovery of the illicit affair, the Ukranian man is punished for his adultery by being strapped naked to the back of a galloping horse.
I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker,
And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker,
And in short, I was afraid.
— “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” T.S. Eliot (via aileefeber)
that corpse you planted last year in your garden,
has it begun to sprout? will it bloom this year?
or has the sudden frost disturbed its bed?
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land, “Part I. The Burial of the Dead”
Polish heart surgeon after 23 hours long heart transplantation. Surgery was successful. His assistant is sleeping on the floor (1987)