E.M. Forster’s “The Story of a Picnic” (1904)

E.M. Forster’s “The Story of a Picnic” (1904)

“The Story of a Panic” is one of several stories Leonard Wolff complained that were “Pan-ridden.” It was well-known that Pan was code for identifying gay men and women. Woolf’s complaint implies that a Pan story such as “The Story...
Giovanni Bellini’s Feast of the Gods (1514)

Giovanni Bellini’s Feast of the Gods (1514)

Giovanni Bellini was eighty-five(?) and in failing health, when Alfonso d’Este his wife Lucrezia Borgia, commissioned a scene intended for their Alabaster Chamber, Camerino d’alabastro. They requested, too, that the subject must be delightfully worldly and...
Frederick Ashton’s Picnic at Tintagel (1952)

Frederick Ashton’s Picnic at Tintagel (1952)

Frederick Ashton’s Picnic at Tintagel is inspired by  Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s popular Victorian novel Royal Mount in which sightseers picnic on the ruins of Tintagel Castle. (Discussion of Braddon’s Royal Mount is posted elsewhere on PicnicWit.com) Ashton famed the...
Albrecht Dürer’s Hercules at the Crossroads (1498c)

Albrecht Dürer’s Hercules at the Crossroads (1498c)

Xenophon’s Memorabilia of Socrates (371BCE) tells that when Hercules was approaching manhood, he was given a choice of a life of pleasure or a life of virtue. While sitting at a crossroad and considering his future, he is approached by two immortal women, Virtue, in a...