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Aug 21, 2014 / 129,542 notes

c0ssette:

Details of Michelangelo’s masterpiece “David” 1501–1504

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Aug 21, 2014 / 1,903 notes

ancientart:

The Bhaja Caves of Maharashtra, India.

Bhaja contains about 29 rock-cut caves, which date back to the 2nd century BCE, and is described by the Archaeological Survey of India to be “one of the important Buddhist centres of Hinayana faith in Maharashtra.” 

A prominent features of Bhaja is Cave 12, a chaitya-griha, pictured in the final photo, which is considered one of the earliest of its kind. The stupa at the back of the large apsidal hall was used for worship. Cave 20 contains a group of stupas, which were built in memory of deceased monks, and probably once contained their relics.

Cave 18 was a monastery, and its verandah contains two famous sculpted reliefs. One of these (pictured in the 2nd photo) is located to the left of the door. This artwork depicts a person riding an elephant (thought by some to be Indra) who carries an ankusa (elephant goad), with attendants aside the figure, carrying a banner. The second relief shows a royal personage aside two women. The royal figure (who some identify as Sun god Surya), rides a chariot driven by four horses, and appears to be trampling a demon-like figure.

Photos courtesy of & taken by Himanshu Sarpotdar. The write-up of the site done by the Archaeological Survey of India was of great reference to me when writing this post.

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cigscum:

Musée du Louvre, Paris
Aug 20, 2014 / 6,214 notes

cigscum:

Musée du Louvre, Paris

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Aug 17, 2014 / 363 notes

wtaharrah:

The Cliff, Étretat, Sunset

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Aug 16, 2014 / 1,212 notes

ancientart:

Depictions of dolphins in ancient art.

Dolphin, Greece, 300 BC-AD 100. Courtesy of the LACMAAC1992.152.16.

Dolphins and OctopusesPhiale with decoration in superposed colour, ca. 510–500 BC. From Eretria. Courtesy of the LouvreMNB 624. Photo by Jastrow.

Dolphin mosaic from the Baths of Buticosus, Ostia Antica. Roman, 2nd century. Photo by Roger Ulrich.

Dolphin fresco, Knossos, Crete, 1700-1450 BC. Photo by H-stt, via the Wiki Commons.

Youth playing the flute and riding a dolphin. Red-figure stamnos, 360–340 BC. Alcestis Group, from Etruria. Courtesy of the National Archaeological Museum of Spain. Photo by Jastrow, via the Wiki Commons.

Fish (Dolphin), Syria or Palestine, 300-400. Courtesy of the LACMAM.88.129.118.

Aug 16, 2014 / 209 notes

centuriespast:

GRECO, El
The Opening of the Fifth Seal (The Vision of St John) (with detail)
1608-14
Oil on canvas, 222,3 x 193 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Aug 16, 2014 / 17,329 notes

bejwelled:

Blue- Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Yves Klein

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paintdeath:

Jan van Eyck
Aug 14, 2014 / 2,464 notes

paintdeath:

Jan van Eyck

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didoofcarthage:

The Fall of Phaeton by Peter Paul Rubens
c. 1604/1605
oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Aug 14, 2014 / 89 notes

didoofcarthage:

The Fall of Phaeton by Peter Paul Rubens

c. 1604/1605

oil on canvas

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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painters-in-color:

Czech painter and decorative artist Alphone Mucha working on a poster for printing company “Imprimerie Cassan Fils” (1896) 
© Mucha Trust
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Aug 13, 2014 / 435 notes

painters-in-color:

Czech painter and decorative artist Alphone Mucha working on a poster for printing company “Imprimerie Cassan Fils” (1896)
© Mucha Trust
Photo colorized by painters-in-color

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