September 1, 2014   332 notes
artemisdreaming:

.Yūgen (幽玄): an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious to be described.
Yūgen (幽玄) is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. In the Chinese philosophical texts the term was taken from, yūgen meant “dim”, “deep” or “mysterious”. In the criticism of Japanese waka poetry, it was used to describe the subtle profundity of things that are only vaguely suggested by the poems, and was also the name of a style of poetry (one of the ten orthodox styles delineated by Fujiwara no Teika in his treatises).
Yugen suggests that beyond what can be said but is not an allusion to another world. It is about this world, this experience. All of these are portals to yugen:
"To watch the sun sink behind a flower clad hill. To wander on in a huge forest without thought of return. To stand upon the shore and gaze after a boat that disappears behind distant islands. To contemplate the flight of wild geese seen and lost among the clouds. And, subtle shadows of bamboo on bamboo." Zeami Motokiyo
Zeami was the originator of the dramatic art form Noh theatre and wrote the classic book on dramatic theory (Kadensho). He uses images of nature as a constant metaphor. For example, “snow in a silver bowl” represents “the Flower of Tranquility”. Yugen is said to mean “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering”. It is used to refer to Zeami’s interpretation of “refined elegance” in the performance of Noh. via: wiki - image: towardsmagz

artemisdreaming:

.Yūgen (幽玄): an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious to be described.

Yūgen (幽玄) is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. In the Chinese philosophical texts the term was taken from, yūgen meant “dim”, “deep” or “mysterious”. In the criticism of Japanese waka poetry, it was used to describe the subtle profundity of things that are only vaguely suggested by the poems, and was also the name of a style of poetry (one of the ten orthodox styles delineated by Fujiwara no Teika in his treatises).

Yugen suggests that beyond what can be said but is not an allusion to another world. It is about this world, this experience. All of these are portals to yugen:

"To watch the sun sink behind a flower clad hill. To wander on in a huge forest without thought of return. To stand upon the shore and gaze after a boat that disappears behind distant islands. To contemplate the flight of wild geese seen and lost among the clouds. And, subtle shadows of bamboo on bamboo." Zeami Motokiyo

Zeami was the originator of the dramatic art form Noh theatre and wrote the classic book on dramatic theory (Kadensho). He uses images of nature as a constant metaphor. For example, “snow in a silver bowl” represents “the Flower of Tranquility”. Yugen is said to mean “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering”. It is used to refer to Zeami’s interpretation of “refined elegance” in the performance of Noh. via: wiki - image: towardsmagz

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August 31, 2014   161 notes
discardingimages:

CerberusÉvrart de Conty, Les Échecs amoureux, France 1496-1498.
BnF, Français 143, fol. 136v

discardingimages:

Cerberus

Évrart de Conty, Les Échecs amoureux, France 1496-1498.

BnF, Français 143, fol. 136v

August 28, 2014   252 notes

centuriespast:

Queen Shubad’s headdress.pair of large lunate earrings.

Iraq, Ur

Archaeology Area: PG 800

Gold

Penn Museum

christmas is coming up…

August 25, 2014   466 notes
poboh:

Masque de jeune anglaise, 1891, Fernand Khnopff . Belgian (1858 - 1921)

poboh:

Masque de jeune anglaise, 1891, Fernand Khnopff . Belgian (1858 - 1921)

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August 24, 2014   510 notes
centuriespast:

The Wave
Alexander Harrison (1853-1930)
ca. 1885
Oil on canvas
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

centuriespast:

The Wave

Alexander Harrison (1853-1930)

ca. 1885

Oil on canvas

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

August 24, 2014   285 notes
inacom:

'Bear and a beehive' from Flowers of Virtue and of Custom, Italy, 15th century.

inacom:

'Bear and a beehive' from Flowers of Virtue and of Custom, Italy, 15th century.

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August 24, 2014   408 notes
centuriespast:

Winter
Walter Elmer Schofield (1867-1944)
1899
Oil on canvas
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

centuriespast:

Winter

Walter Elmer Schofield (1867-1944)

1899

Oil on canvas

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

August 24, 2014   148 notes
centuriespast:

Walt Whitman
Thomas Eakins (1844-1916)
1887-88
Oil on canvas
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

centuriespast:

Walt Whitman

Thomas Eakins (1844-1916)

1887-88

Oil on canvas

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

August 20, 2014   4 notes
August 20, 2014   143 notes
centuriespast:

HEADE, Martin JohnsonApproaching Storm: Beach near Newport1861-62Oil on canvas, 71 x 148 cmMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston

centuriespast:

HEADE, Martin Johnson
Approaching Storm: Beach near Newport
1861-62
Oil on canvas, 71 x 148 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

August 19, 2014   118 notes
discardingimages:

the Sun and the MoonMuḥammad ibn Maḥmūd Ṭūsī, ʿAjāyib al-makhlūqāt va-gharāyib al-mawjūdāt, Turkey 16th century.
Baltimore, Walters, Ms. W.593, fol. 34b

discardingimages:

the Sun and the Moon

Muḥammad ibn Maḥmūd Ṭūsī, ʿAjāyib al-makhlūqāt va-gharāyib al-mawjūdāt, Turkey 16th century.

Baltimore, Walters, Ms. W.593, fol. 34b

August 19, 2014   240 notes
centuriespast:

ACHENBACH, OswaldFireworks in Naples1875Oil on canvas, 66 x 102 cmThe Hermitage, St. Petersburg

centuriespast:

ACHENBACH, Oswald
Fireworks in Naples
1875
Oil on canvas, 66 x 102 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

August 17, 2014   651 notes
deathandmysticism:

Jacob Rueff, De Conceptu et Generatione Hominis, 1554

deathandmysticism:

Jacob Rueff, De Conceptu et Generatione Hominis, 1554

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August 17, 2014   134 notes
centuriespast:

DEGAS, EdgarMadame Jeantaud in the Mirror1875Oil on canvas, 70 x 84 cmMusée d’Orsay, Paris

centuriespast:

DEGAS, Edgar
Madame Jeantaud in the Mirror
1875
Oil on canvas, 70 x 84 cm
Musée d’Orsay, Paris

August 17, 2014   649 notes
discardingimages:

lion-headed peacockMuḥammad ibn Maḥmūd Ṭūsī, ʿAjāyib al-makhlūqāt va-gharāyib al-mawjūdāt, Turkey 16th century.
Baltimore, Walters, Ms. W.593, fol. 178a

discardingimages:

lion-headed peacock

Muḥammad ibn Maḥmūd Ṭūsī, ʿAjāyib al-makhlūqāt va-gharāyib al-mawjūdāt, Turkey 16th century.

Baltimore, Walters, Ms. W.593, fol. 178a