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Winged Victory of Samothrace | Louvre Museum | Paris

Winged Victory of Samothrace | Louvre Museum | Paris | Oh, you pretty things! | Scoop.it

"The goddess of Victory (Nike, in Greek) is shown in the form of a winged woman standing on the prow of a ship, braced against the strong wind blowing through her garments."

 

I find Winged Victory breathtakingly powerful and beautiful. I long to see what her head and face looked like.

 

As you stand near it, you can almost feel the wind rippling through her robes. I can imagine how she must have stirred the hearts of the victorious warriors and the people of their city, evoking the feeling of power and excitement as their ship raced towards victory.

 

[Image: Marie-Lan Nguyen, Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winged_Victory_of_Samothrace).]

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Vincent Laforet's night aerials of New York – in pictures

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Vincent Laforet’s high altitude helicopter flight over New York at night
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This Traffic Jam Was Stuck In Belgian Forest For 70 Years

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These spooky apocalyptic images are not a scene from
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Julie Saul Gallery - The Last Book - Images

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The Julie Saul Gallery specializes in representing contemporary photographic based art, from traditional to avant-garde, recently also concentrating on works on paper, illustration and design.
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Little Penny Dreadful, Henry Peach Robinson, Little Riding Red Hood,...

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Henry Peach Robinson, Little Riding Red Hood, 1858
1.’Her Mother having only one day made some cakes, said to Little Red Riding Hood, ‘I hear your poor old Grandma has been ailing; so, prithee, go and...
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I love the way the story is condensed into just four short titles.

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Browse Palettes :: COLOURlovers

Browse Palettes :: COLOURlovers | Oh, you pretty things! | Scoop.it

I can't help it, I'm a sucker for color. I find that I can overlook many other factors if the colors sing for me, be it a dress a wall or a couch.

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Poupée Barbie - anniversaire 50 ans - 1959-2009

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Barbie through art history


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Museo Nacional del Prado: Interactive viewfinder: the work before and after restoration

Museo Nacional del Prado: Interactive viewfinder: the work before and after restoration | Oh, you pretty things! | Scoop.it

"La Gioconda was painted by a pupil or follower of the artist at the same time as the original. The importance of this discovery, which was made during the study and restoration of the painting at the Prado for its inclusion in the exhibition at the Louvre on Leonardo that opens on 29 March, lies in the fact that as a contemporary and perfectly preserved copy, it contributes important information on both the landscape background and on numerous details of the mysterious sitter. The latter include the shape of the chair, the ornamentation of the cloth covering her breast and the semi-transparent veil around her shoulders."

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Famous Cave Paintings Might Not Be From Humans : NPR

The eerie stencil paintings of human hands in Spanish caves might not be from humans at all. New dating methods of the paintings suggest some of the cave art is more than 40,000 years old and could have been drawn by Neanderthals.
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Carlo Crivelli | The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius | NG739 | The National Gallery, London

Carlo Crivelli | The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius | NG739 | The National Gallery, London | Oh, you pretty things! | Scoop.it

"The town of Ascoli was under papal rule and in 1482 Pope Sixtus IV granted it a degree of self-government. [...] News of Ascoli's new status reached the town on the feast of the Annunciation on 25 March, which then became a special feast day when the town celebrated its liberty."

 

The crisp detail in this work makes it just pop. There is so much going on that the eye is constantly pulled away from the Annunciation scene, or more specifically, Mary. Her room tucked away in the corner is like a hidden treat to be discovered and rediscovered as you look at the painting.

 

Mary is calmly reading, so the scene would seem to occur in the instants before she addressed by Gabriel. It is interesting to think that we are seeing her right before her life changes forever.

 

(I love the National Gallery's website. I'm constantly discovering new treats. This page has audio of a historian talking about the food shown in the painting.)

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The Power Of Flower Photos : NPR

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These flowers are more than just pretty. They tell a story of life, death and friendship.

 

For a while in Madrid, I used to walk by a florist shop on my way home several times a week. I would buy myself bouquets of carnations (one of my favorite flowers) on a regular basis. It always felt like such an indulgent and joyful treat.

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The complete works - Caspar David Friedrich

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Caspar David Friedrich - The complete works.

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For sheer melancholy beauty, you just cannot beat Friedrich.

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A Compendium of Abandoned Greenhouses

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Today I opened my computer and typed in my chosen search words of the day: "abandoned greenhouse". Little did I know how many photographs I was about to scr
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Mexican Carpoolers: A Photographer's View Of Truck Bed Commuters

Mexican Carpoolers: A Photographer's View Of Truck Bed Commuters | Oh, you pretty things! | Scoop.it
In the backs of pickup trucks, construction workers lie among tools and blankets, headed to the city for a day's work. Alejandro Cartagena turned his camera on the carpoolers.
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From Focal Elements to Fibonacci: A 30-Minute In-Depth Study of Composition

From Focal Elements to Fibonacci: A 30-Minute In-Depth Study of Composition | Oh, you pretty things! | Scoop.it
There's more to composition than the rule of thirds. And Fibonacci's not an opera singer. (You're thinking of Pavarotti -- or of Bocelli -- or of no opera singers because why would you be?) The composition is the frame and the arrangement of the elements in that frame. What are the elements of a frame? The mise-en-scène -- everything in the frame that makes up the frame, including everything from the actors, to lighting, to props, to costumes, to composition.
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National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 - National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 - National Geographic Magazine | Oh, you pretty things! | Scoop.it
As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic magazine sets the standard for photographic excellence. Now, we're inviting you to share your vision of the world.
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A Man Spent Years Taking Photos Of One Small Town. When You Look Closer, You'll See Why.

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Whoa. Now it all makes sense.
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The Impoverished Connoisseurs

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There was a day when instinct and talent allowed hobbyists to find great buys for a song at art auctions, but times have changed.
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BROTRON The Art of Greg Brotherton

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The metal sculpture of artist Greg Brotherton...

 

[Thanks to The Macabre and the Beautifully Grotesque (https://www.facebook.com/grotesqMB) for the original discovery.]

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Redemption of a Sunflower Garden: New Works of Xu Jiang | ArtZineChina.com | 中国艺志

Redemption of a Sunflower Garden: New Works of Xu Jiang | ArtZineChina.com | 中国艺志 | Oh, you pretty things! | Scoop.it

"Xu Jiang was born in Fujian province in 1955. [...] Since 2003, Xu Jiang's woks has focused on sunflowers. They relate to his experience living in the countryside of Fujian province as a middle school teacher. Xu Jiang once said sunflowers are not always facing the sun, but 'stands to one direction, where the sun rises.'"

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The real Mona Lisa? Prado museum finds Leonardo da Vinci pupil's take

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Prado says pupil painted remarkable portrait alongside Leonardo da Vinci, affording insight into how Mona Lisa actually looked...
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Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty 'blood painting' sells for £35,000

Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty 'blood painting' sells for £35,000 | Oh, you pretty things! | Scoop.it
Ladylike, a collaboration between the musicians, features a 'self-portrait' of Winehouse drawn in her own blood...

 

Opinions of the work aside, I am really repulsed by what looks like Doherty cashing in on Amy Winehouse's death.

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Tristan Elwell | Short And Shivery

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This reminds me of an old time Halloween card. And that blue sky is to dive into!

 

[Thanks to The Macabre and the Beautifully Grotesque (https://www.facebook.com/grotesqMB) for the original discovery.]

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