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  1. Sister Wendy and David Hockney… Hot.

    Sister Wendy and David Hockney… Hot.

    (Source: nothingnewfortrashlikeyou)

     
     
  2. "With my heart I kiss your Ladyship’s hand, since I cannot with my lips" – Pietro Bembo in a letter to Lucretia Borgia (locks of Lucretia’s golden hair preserved in the Ambrosiana in Milan)

    "With my heart I kiss your Ladyship’s hand, since I cannot with my lips" – Pietro Bembo in a letter to Lucretia Borgia (locks of Lucretia’s golden hair preserved in the Ambrosiana in Milan)

     
     
  3. thegetty:

    September, the month to harvest grapes, isn’t just for the modern Virgo.

    Libras and Scorpios are in on the labors of plowing and sowing fun for the month. Since the Middle Ages the zodiac symbols have shifted with changes in the months of the calendar. 

    Zodiacal Sign of Virgo, about 1170s, Unknown. German, Hildesheim. J. Paul Getty Museum.
    Woman Harvesting Grapes; Zodiacal Sign of a Libra
    A Man Treading Grapes; Zodiacal Sign of Libra, early 1460s, Workshop of Willem Vrelant. J. Paul Getty Museum.
    Plowing and Sowing; Zodiacal Sign of Scorpio, 1510-1520, Workshop of Master of James IV of Scotland. J. Paul Getty Museum.

     
     
  4. thegetty:

    12 Months, 12 Labors, 12 Zodiacal Signs

    January — Aquarius — Feasting and Warming
    February — Pisces —Working in a Vineyard
    March — Aries —Pruning Trees or Digging
    April —Taurus — Farming, Milking Animals and Butter-making
    May — Gemini — Music-Making
    June — Cancer — Sheepshearing 
    July — Leo — Mowing
    August — Virgo — Reaping
    September — Scorpio — Plowing and Sowing
    October — Libra — Slaughtering an Ox
    November — Sagittarius — Threshing and Pig Feeding
    December — Capricorn — Slaughtering of Pigs

    Illuminations from the Spinola Hours showcase the labors of the months. September is for plowing, sowing and harvesting grapes.

    Medieval zodiac and monthly labors: some things certainly have changed! My labors: #WorkArtLive

     
     
  5. victusinveritas:

    Antique things that are supposed to be heads.

     
     
  6. 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

     
     
  7. The Bather, Salvador Dalí, 1928, oil on canvas. The Dalí Museum, St Petersburg, FL

     
     
  8. centuriespast:

GOSSART, JanNeptune and Amphitrite1516Oil on wood, 188 x 124 cmStaatliche Museen, Berlin

    centuriespast:

    GOSSART, Jan
    Neptune and Amphitrite
    1516
    Oil on wood, 188 x 124 cm
    Staatliche Museen, Berlin

     
     
  9. The Ecumenical Council, Salvador Dalí, 1960, oil on canvas. The Dalí Museum, St Petersburg, FL

     
     
  10. Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man, 1963, oil on canvas. The Dalí Museum, St Petersburg, FL