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Catania, Sicily. and Mt. Etna volcano covered by snow in the background | Antonio Violi on Flickr

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"This is Salvador Dali's "Elephant's 3," which is my inspiration for a story for a Dali-themed anthology. The melting clocks on the desert are much better known, and offer more obvious story ideas, but this image is strange and wonderful," a pinner wrote.

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San Francesco: Eventually we become what we choose. If we choose stinginess, we become stingy. If we choose compassion, we become compassionate. The holiness of Francesco Antonio Fasani resulted from his many small decisions to cooperate with God’s grace.

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Antonio Ciseri, "Penitent Magdalena". That hair is stunning--and I like that it hangs down so long and heavy, covering her face, weighing her down. I think the work is actually more expressive this way. It also signifies shame--she wants to hide her face, and her sins, as much as she can, with her hands and bowed head but also with those thick, dark ropes.

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Sorrowful Angels by Antonio Canova 1819 Tomb of the Stuarts, Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

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Large upturned cuff of floral painted silke with three silver buttons, of a red velvet frock coat with silver thread worked frogging with silver tassels and silver buttons. Plain white stock and shirt, with plain ruffles at wrist. Cross is the Order of St John. Detail from Young Knight of the Order of St John, c.1730, by Antonio David.

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