Marlon Brando backstage holding his Best Actor Oscar for his performance in “On The Waterfront” Photographed by George Silk. March 30, 1955.
Iceland by Adrienne Pitts
"There was a terrible snarling noise. Lupin’s head was lengthening. So was his body. His shoulders were hunching. Hair was sprouting visibly on his face and hands, which were curling into clawed paws." - J.K. Rowling
The Empyrean, from The Divine Comedy (1861-1868), Gustave Doré
The Empyrean, “from the Medieval Latin empyreus, an adaptation of the Ancient Greek ἔμπυρος empyrus ”in or on the fire (pyr)”, is a region described in the the Paradiso portion of Dante’s Divine Comedy as a place beyond even the highest spheres of Heaven, the dwelling place of God and angels. In The Divine Comedy, Dante is “enveloped by [a] veil of radiance” as he ascends to the Empyrean.
Some medieval writers conceived of it as a celestial sphere formed from pure fire, but others contested that it burned with light rather than elemental fire, as Thomas Aquinas described in the Summa Theologica: "wholly luminous… that heaven is called the empyrean, not from its fiery heat, but from its brightness".