September 17, 2014   151 notes
sagan-indiana:

Lucifer. Unknown French artist. 15th Century.

new look for fall

sagan-indiana:

Lucifer. Unknown French artist. 15th Century.

new look for fall

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September 17, 2014   6,697 notes
sixpenceee:

Displayed in the Saint-Étienne church in France is the figure of René de Chalon, Prince of Orange. The prince died at the young age of 25 during the siege of Saint-Dizier in 1544. 
Rather then memorialize him in the standard hero form, his wife requested (or René himself requested, or possibly both) that he be shown as “not a standard figure but a life-size skeleton with strips of dried skin flapping over a hollow carcass, whose right hand clutches at the empty rib cage while the left hand holds high his heart in a grand gesture.” (Source)

sixpenceee:

Displayed in the Saint-Étienne church in France is the figure of René de Chalon, Prince of Orange. The prince died at the young age of 25 during the siege of Saint-Dizier in 1544.

Rather then memorialize him in the standard hero form, his wife requested (or René himself requested, or possibly both) that he be shown as “not a standard figure but a life-size skeleton with strips of dried skin flapping over a hollow carcass, whose right hand clutches at the empty rib cage while the left hand holds high his heart in a grand gesture.” (Source)

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September 15, 2014   214 notes
centuriespast:

CONSTABLE, JohnStonehenge1835Watercolour, 387 x 591 mmVictoria and Albert Museum, London

centuriespast:

CONSTABLE, John
Stonehenge
1835
Watercolour, 387 x 591 mm
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

September 12, 2014   67 notes

wtfarthistory:

Pietro Lombardo and workshop, Tomb of Marcantonio Sabellico, Museo Correr, Venice

"As if."

September 12, 2014   4 notes
standardreview:

You know they’re not mandatory, right?

I still wear, and will continue to wear, a regular watch. You know why? Because it lets me know the time without me having to look at my phone.

standardreview:

You know they’re not mandatory, right?

I still wear, and will continue to wear, a regular watch. You know why? Because it lets me know the time without me having to look at my phone.

(Source: xkcd.com)

September 12, 2014   211 notes
centuriespast:

PARMIGIANINOPortrait of a Young Ladyc. 1535Oil on canvas, 139 x 88 cmMuseo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples

New look for fall

centuriespast:

PARMIGIANINO
Portrait of a Young Lady
c. 1535
Oil on canvas, 139 x 88 cm
Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples

New look for fall

September 9, 2014   92 notes
centuriespast:

ANGUISSOLA, SofonisbaSelf-Portrait Playing the Spinet1556-57Oil on canvas, 57 x 48 cmMuseo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples

centuriespast:

ANGUISSOLA, Sofonisba
Self-Portrait Playing the Spinet
1556-57
Oil on canvas, 57 x 48 cm
Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples

September 8, 2014   75 notes
molls:

Miley Cyrus quote via Gawker

molls:

Miley Cyrus quote via Gawker

September 7, 2014   106 notes
centuriespast:

Commerce, or the Triumph of the Thames
(painting 4 of 6 in the series ‘The Progress of Human Knowledge and Culture’)
by James Barry
Date painted: 1777–1801
Oil on canvas, 360 x 462 cm
Collection: Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

one of the weirdest paintings I have ever seen.

centuriespast:

Commerce, or the Triumph of the Thames

(painting 4 of 6 in the series ‘The Progress of Human Knowledge and Culture’)

by James Barry

Date painted: 1777–1801

Oil on canvas, 360 x 462 cm

Collection: Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

one of the weirdest paintings I have ever seen.

September 3, 2014   5 notes
philk:

SKEGNESS

philk:

SKEGNESS

September 1, 2014   356 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   357 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   270 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   607 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   570 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