The first five shades from the Ignis Antiquita rouge collection are now available!
A range of cheek colors inspired by history’s forgotten women, this collection continues the exploration and celebration of women whose stories haven been lost or altered through time. These rouges are easy to wear, with a soft luster finish. They will pair beautifully with the 40 shades of the Ignis Antiquita eyeshadow collection.
Each shade is available in sample, mini or full size jar.
“The Legend of Cloelia” by Guidoccio di Giovanni Cozzarelli
Cloelia is a semi-legendary woman from the early history of ancient Rome. As part of the peace treaty which ended the war between Rome and Clusium in 508 B.C., Roman hostages were taken by Lars Porsena. One of the hostages, a young woman named Cloelia, fled the Clusian camp, leading away a group of Roman virgins. According to Valerius Maximus, she fled upon a horse, then swam across the Tiber. Porsena demanded that she be returned, and the Romans consented. Upon her return, however, Porsena was so impressed by her bravery that he allowed her to choose half the remaining hostages to be freed. She selected the young Roman boys, so that they could continue the war. The Romans gave Cloelia an honour usually reserved for men: an equestrian statue, located at the top of the Via Sacra. (source: Wikipedia)
Salomé by Gaston Bussière, 1914.
Salome is one of history’s most vilified women. Her story is told in the Bible, where her stepfather, Herod Antipas, asked her to dance for him at a banquet, and promised her anything she asked for in return. Prompted by her mother, Herodias, who had been angered that St. John the Baptist had criticized her marriage, Salome asked for the head of St. John the Baptist and presented it to her Mother. Salome has been the subject of classical paintings, literature, drama, and dance. While she is most often depicted as a grown woman performing the iconic “Dance of the Seven Veils”, various sources place her age at 12-14 years old, and suggest that her dance was actually more likely a pantomine in the Roman style, as her Stepfather was a tetrarch of Rome.
Lady Godiva by John Collier.
Lady Godiva (Godgifu) was an 11th century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman married to Leofric, Earl of Mercia. Troubled by the harsh taxes her husband had levied, she repeatedly begged him to reduce them. Leofric said that he would lower taxes only if she rode naked on horseback through the center of town. The charitable Godiva, knowing her husband to be true to his word, climbed on her horse and galloped through the market square with only her long hair covering herself.
Murasaki Shikibu (ca. 976-ca. 1031) was a Japanese writer of the late Heian period. Her “The Tale of Genji,” the world’s first psychological novel, is one of the longest and most distinguished masterpieces of Japanese literature. (Source: Encyclopedia.com)
Locusta of Gaul (known as Locusta the Poisoner) was a master herbalist who was employed as a political pawn in Imperial Rome for her knowledge of poisonous plant chemistry. According to ancient historians, in AD 54 Locusta was hired by Agrippina the Younger to supply a poisoned dish of mushrooms for the murder of Emperor Claudius. In 55, she was convicted of poisoning another victim, but Nero rescued her from execution and in return called upon her to supply poison to murder Britannicus. Nero rewarded her with a vast estate and even sent pupils to her. When Nero fled Rome, he acquired poison from Locusta for his own use, but ultimately died by other means. After Nero’s suicide, Locusta was condemned to die by the emperor Galba during his brief reign, which ended 15 January AD 69. (source: Wikipedia)