Happy Feast of St. Pauline

January 26 celebrates the operatic soprano, biographer and Cyprian Saint Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient, who passed beyond the Diamond Gate on this day in 1860. It is called the Feast of St. Pauline because of the title of her erotic memoirs, Pauline the Prima Donna, a sacred text of Cyprianism.

John Collier's Venusberg

John Collier’s Venusberg

She was a favorite of Richard Wagner who cast Her in several roles, including having Her be the first to play Venus in his TannhäuserCyprian tradition speaks of an erotic photograph of Her which might have been the inspiration for John Collier’s VenusbergThe original Daguerreotype was much more explicit than Collier’s masterpiece. Incidentally, Collier claimed that the necklace on the Venus in his painting was a “lily among flowers”, which Cyprians know to be a reference to the Seal of Paphia.

Celebrate today by lying naked and listening to opera, specifically Tannhäuserreading from St. Pauline’s memoirs, or better yet – having sex with your Italian voice instructor.

About FV Everleigh

FV Everleigh is a writer and producer in Los Angeles. "The Courtesan Parables" will be published by Black Lotus Books in early 2021. Other current works include a cocktail book, a literary historical novel, a gothic horror romance novel, a screenplay, two television pilots, a deck of "revelation cards" and three children's picture books.
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