Author’s own image.

Often my friends call me “lucky.” A few strangers who follow me on Instagram appreciate my “superhuman” persona. And recently, in one of my articles on — why I left America and chose Canada — I was referred to as an “entitled one-percenter Indian.”

Well, if you would have asked me, about being lucky, a couple of years ago — I would have agreed that luck goes hand-in-hand with karma. But as I evolve, I disagree with myself. I strongly believe in karma but I feel we all can redesign our luck. I’d explain it in detail in the article.

Photo by ConvertKit on Unsplash

The last 20+ days were a roller coaster ride for us as a couple. We moved from America to Canada. Well, we have been planning this move for the past one year, but finally, we materialized it.

This time it was our choice and decision to move to another country.

Why I particularly emphasized “our choice and decision” — I’d explain that in some time.

Flashback to 2018, when I moved to the USA from India. I left my full-time job to be with my husband. Even though I was pretty sure that I’d do something constructive in all the…

The homuncular baby Jesus. Source — Wikimedia

I’m a Hindu. I confess that I know more about Christian art and iconography than Hinduism. And that’s completely okay with me. Over the last two years, I have written some 100+ articles exclusively on historical Western art and trivia. In fact, I’m trying to carve my niche in this genre, and learning about Christian art and hidden symbolism absolutely fascinates me.

In this article, I’d delve into the 8 most bizarre topics about Christianity across varied historical timelines that you might not know.

1. Depiction of magic mushrooms in early Christian iconography

Olympia by Edouard Manet

The painting Olympia was created by a French modernist painter Édouard Manet in 1863 and the painting Venus of Urbino was created by the Italian painter Titian in 1534.

Both the paintings portray a “nude woman” reclining on a couch or bed. But Venus of Urbino was celebrated in the Italian Renaissance period while Manet’s Olympia was considered controversial and outrageous.

This article would explore the stark contrasts between the two compositions, symbolism in both paintings, and how Manet’s Olympia reflected feminism in the 19th century.

Manet’s “Olympia” and Titian’s “The Venus of Urbino”

Untitled, Zdzislaw Beksinski, oil, 1973 (The ugly red creature conceals in the facade of catastrophic backdrop)
Source-Public Domain

Zdzisław Beksiński was a Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor. He became famous for his unconventional paintings and photography that had elements of dystopia and surrealism. Even though his art and photography were criticized by many conventional painters and photographers of his times, he continued to refine his trademark existential style.

This article will focus on a few of his art pieces, why he did not name his paintings, and what exactly compelled him to depict anxiety, obscure faces with wrapped bandages, or a doomsday scenario?

The early life of Beksiński and his paintings

Zdzisław Beksiński was born in 1929 in Sanok, Poland. At that time Sanok had the…

Author’s own image.

I wrote my first article on Medium on March 5, 2020. My first earning was $1.91. Little did I know a silly article would land me into the world where the quest for Holy Grail in Da Vinci Code would elevate my curiosity or reading about the Taliban takeover would emotionally move me.

I haven’t felt any of this while I was working as a software engineer. My life was limited to coding, meetings, and waiting for the weekends.

After 1.6 years of consistent writing, I’m 303 stories old and have precisely earned $7,218 on Medium to date. I have…

Bizarre fashion parade from the Schembart Carnival. Source-Public Domain. Collage created by the author.

Little is known about the celebrations and carnivals from the medieval and Renaissance eras. Why? Because high art like paintings and sculptures were either commissioned by the aristocratic families or by the Catholic Church. Carnivals, on the other hand, were for the common man.

Nobody really cared to document the parades and festivities in the Renaissance chronicles. But Nuremberg’s Schembart Carnival (literally translated as “bearded-mask”) became one of the earliest Renaissance festivals captured in more than eighty rich illustrated manuscripts known as “Schembartbücher.”

To cover you up for the upcoming Halloween, let’s come along and explore the elaborate costumes, groovy…

Wanted: $2,000 Reward / Marcel Duchamp. Source-National Portrait Gallery

Marcel Duchamp created a poster Wanted: $2,000 Reward in 1923 in New York. Two headshots of himself, description of physical attributes, and an eye-catching note: “Known also under name Rrose Sélavy.

The Adoration of the Magi by Hieronymus Bosch. Balthazar — the Black king donned in a white robe. Source-Public Domain

“We Three Kings of Orient are,
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain,
Moor and mountain,
Following yonder Star.”

“O Star of Wonder, Star of Night,
Star with Royal Beauty bright,
Westward leading,
Still proceeding,
Guide us to Thy perfect Light.”

Remember this Christmas carol We Three Kings?

As I write, I vividly picture the scene, some 20 years ago— a cold dewy morning and annual Christmas celebration in my school. The stage was all set with the Christmas Nativity scene — Baby Jesus, Mother Mary, Joseph, shepherds, and the three kings.

I was playing the role of…

Sheela Na Gig (Left), Baubo (Centre), and Lajja Gauri (Right). Collage by Author.

Art is a subjective medium. You might like an artwork because it connects with you visually. Or perhaps you engage at a deeper level; arousing an ocean of emotions. I humbly place myself in the latter category.

Jim Davies, a cognitive scientist at Carleton University, studied what makes art more appealing to individuals. He looked at why some art is easy to understand while others are more esoteric.

Davies explains: “We don’t like our art too simple. We like some kind of incongruity that activates a different part of our brain that drives curiosity. …

Kamna Kirti

Writer & Youtuber. IG: @kamnakirti. YT: Frame of Reference

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store