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Landed in Riyadh and through security by 4am. Airports need to be rated by the ratio of travel time to time spent waiting around before you can be lazily waved on. Picked up by a Bangladeshi taxi driver who had been waiting for hours. Chatted about cricket anf how crap Saudi is to live in. Currently in a soulless global chain hotel failing to sleep.

I really need to read William Gibson again…

centuriespast:

BRUNELLESCHI, FilippoView of the domebegun 1441PhotoSanta Croce, Florence

centuriespast:

BRUNELLESCHI, Filippo
View of the dome
begun 1441
Photo
Santa Croce, Florence

hms-surprise:

jade-cooper:

*whispers* Let me bring you some Master and Commander porn!

I’m sorry but Paul Bettany did way too good of a job playing Stephen. 

(via mingo11)

lama-armonica:

drakontomalloi:

Albrecht Dürer – Knight on Horseback, fantastic spiked armor sketch. 1507

A spiked angry knight by Albrecht Duerer

lama-armonica:

drakontomalloi:

Albrecht Dürer – Knight on Horseback, fantastic spiked armor sketch. 1507

A spiked angry knight by Albrecht Duerer

iamafencer:

Axel Pettersson (green) of Sweden, fighting with the Langes messer at Longpoint USA 2014. Axel went on to take 1st place in Langes messer, aswell as 1st place in Longsword and 2nd place in Singlestick.

iamafencer:

Axel Pettersson (green) of Sweden, fighting with the Langes messer at Longpoint USA 2014. Axel went on to take 1st place in Langes messer, aswell as 1st place in Longsword and 2nd place in Singlestick.

(via mingo11)

A short from Cédric Hauteville’s trailer for a KickStarter project to make a new HEMA Documentary:

A short from Cédric Hauteville’s trailer for a KickStarter project to make a new HEMA Documentary:

tokarev73:

contemporaryelfinchild:

nowisthewinter:

peternyc:

Photo of a fight in the Ukranian Parliament or Renaissance painting? 

Slap them all in togas instead of suits and it would perfect

It also follows a pyramidal composition!

However, I would argue that this picture is more Baroque than Renaissance. Notable features of Baroque art are:
Images are direct, obvious, and dramatic.
Tries to draw the viewer in to participate in the scene.
Depictions feel physically and psychologically real. Emotionally intense.
Extravagant settings and ornamentation.
Dramatic use of color.
Dramatic contrasts between light and dark, light and shadow.
As opposed to Renaissance art with its clearly defined planes, with each figure placed in isolation from each other, Baroque art has continuous overlapping of figures and elements.
Common themes: grandiose visions, ecstasies and conversions, martyrdom and death, intense light, intense psychological moments.
In the baroque, artists strove to evoke aesthetic responses. Now I’m not talking about aesthetic as in “oh thats pretty” I’m talking about aesthetic like that punch in the gut reaction you get to something.
One of the ways this was done was through the depiction of intense emotion which we see in this photograph. compare to Bernini

The picture also displays a wonderful use of chiaroscuro (an effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on something) a style used extensively by Caravaggio and other Baroque artists.

 






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tokarev73:

contemporaryelfinchild:

nowisthewinter:

peternyc:

Photo of a fight in the Ukranian Parliament or Renaissance painting? 

Slap them all in togas instead of suits and it would perfect

It also follows a pyramidal composition!

However, I would argue that this picture is more Baroque than Renaissance. Notable features of Baroque art are:

  • Images are direct, obvious, and dramatic.
  • Tries to draw the viewer in to participate in the scene.
  • Depictions feel physically and psychologically real. Emotionally intense.
  • Extravagant settings and ornamentation.
  • Dramatic use of color.
  • Dramatic contrasts between light and dark, light and shadow.
  • As opposed to Renaissance art with its clearly defined planes, with each figure placed in isolation from each other, Baroque art has continuous overlapping of figures and elements.
  • Common themes: grandiose visions, ecstasies and conversions, martyrdom and death, intense light, intense psychological moments.

In the baroque, artists strove to evoke aesthetic responses. Now I’m not talking about aesthetic as in “oh thats pretty” I’m talking about aesthetic like that punch in the gut reaction you get to something.

One of the ways this was done was through the depiction of intense emotion which we see in this photograph. compare to Bernini

The picture also displays a wonderful use of chiaroscuro (an effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on something) a style used extensively by Caravaggio and other Baroque artists.

 

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Italian Girl with Flowers - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida
1886

Italian Girl with Flowers - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida

1886

(Source: fleurdulys, via stillwave)

I’ve been busy moving out of the city flat. She’s been busy with the Autumn honey harvest and her Dad visiting to help with that.

I’ve jusy been asked to go to Saudi Arabia for another week ASAP.

I’m going to eat fish and chips in the empty flat and feel sorry for myself for a bit. Cya later, internet.

Half Armor For Foot Tournament / Parade Armor - 1590

Steel, brass, leather, velvet - made in Milan Italy

Cleveland Museum Of Art - Armory

Photos By K.P. Mack 2014

(Source: deaderafterdark, via lama-armonica)

centuriespast:

Shipwreck
William Trost Richards (1833-1905)
1872
Oil on canvas
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

centuriespast:

Shipwreck

William Trost Richards (1833-1905)

1872

Oil on canvas

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

gunmetalskies:

discardingimages:

smiling death in a condom hat'The Dawnce of Makabre' from Carthusian miscellany, Yorkshire or Lincolnshire ca. 1460-1500.
BL, Add 37049, fol. 32r

Always loved this guy! I mean look at him!He’s like the macabre version of Mr. DNA

gunmetalskies:

discardingimages:

smiling death in a condom hat

'The Dawnce of Makabre' from Carthusian miscellany, Yorkshire or Lincolnshire ca. 1460-1500.

BL, Add 37049, fol. 32r

Always loved this guy! 
I mean look at him!
He’s like the macabre version of Mr. DNA