Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. "I think we all have a little bit of that beautiful madness that keeps us walking when everything around us is so insanely sane," Julio Cortazar

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Vampires in Art

“The Vampire II” by Edvard Munch

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The Vampire II by Edvard Munch by The Art Institute of Chicago is licensed under CC-CC0 1.0

Given the fear of (and fascination with) vampires that humans have had since pretty much all of recorded history, it’s no real surprise that they’ve featured in art, along with literature, film, and music. While most of us are familiar with the pop culture images of vampires, I think many are far less so with the depictions in fine art. Here are a few examples of vampires in art– enjoy…

“The Vampire” by Phillip Burne-Jones

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The Vampire by Philip Burne-Jones, 1897 (By Philip Burne-Jones – [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79637054)

I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of the artist with a cat:

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Okay, back to the vampires…

“Lamia” by John William Waterhouse

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Lamia by John William Waterhouse, (1905), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

“Le Vampire” by R. de Moraine

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lithograph by R. de Moraine (1864)., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

“Vampire Woman” by Michael MacNeill

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Vampire Woman by Michael MacNeill (2013)

“The Kiss” by Ambrogio Alciat

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The Kiss by Ambrogio Alciati (c. 1900). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In early vampire mythology, one of the ways vampires would kill their victims would be to sit on them and crush them or steal their breath. There’s a fair bit of overlap in the mythologies of vampires, nightmares, and incubi/succubi.

“The Nightmare” by Henry Fuseli

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The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli (1781), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

What’s your favourite work of vampire-themed art? Share in the comments…

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Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Quote "I believe that fantasy in the meaning of imagination is very important. We shouldn't stick too close to everyday reality but give room to the reality of the heart, of the mind, and of the imagination." Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli

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If you prefer paperback, use this link to order Love Lies Bleeding from Bookshop – a portion of each sale goes directly to independent bookstores, as well as to myself. Thank you for supporting indie! ♥

Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

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Batman, Dracula, and Andy Warhol

Batman, Dracula, and Andy Warhol, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Vampires, Dracula, Batman, Andy Warhol

Has there ever been a movie you’d love to see, only to realize you never will? Welcome to Batman Dracula, produced and directed by Andy Warhol.

From what little information there is about the movie, it’s set in parts of New York, including “The Factory” (Warhol’s studio). According to Warhol, the black-and-white silent film was an “homage” to Batman. Too bad he never got permission from DC Comics. to use their character.

Apparently the movie was screened during his art exhibits, but since Warhol’s death it’s been considered “lost.” Clips can be found online, including the one below (available until it’s copyright claimed by DC and/or– ironically– the Andy Warhol Museum). Music by The Velvet Underground and Nico was added later, as the movie was filmed without sound.

Based on the clip, there’s some impressive “cape-ography,” in this movie, and Dracula has good, intense screen presence. Jack Smith’s performance might just be the most underrated depiction of Dracula ever. You can also get a good feel for Warhol’s experimental style of film-making.

I’m not a huge Warhol fan, but I do think he was interesting; I’m curious to see more of his Dracula, as well as his version of Batman. In the film, Dracula is supposedly Batman’s “biggest fear,” and since the same actor played both characters this tidbit gives us an intriguing hint at Warhol’s approach. The title also suggests that they’re two sides of the same coin.

What movie do you wish you could see, but never will (it doesn’t have to already exist)? Share in the comments…

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If you prefer paperback, use this link to order Love Lies Bleeding from Bookshop – a portion of each sale goes directly to independent bookstores, as well as to myself. Thank you for supporting indie! ♥

Further Reading

Batman Dracula: Andy Warhol’s Eccentric Experimental Film

IMDb: Batman Dracula (1964)

Batman Dracula (partially found Andy Warhol film; 1964)

Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

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