uromancy:

Ex libris by Igor Rumanský.

the-hardest-of-hearts-survive:

Paul Delaroche, The Conquerors of the Bastille before the Hotel de Ville, 1839

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I’ve got a lot done in the Sangwine outline over the past month! And even better, I’ve getting a clearer idea of how I want the story to end.

and now i’m going to reward myself with drawing a couple test pages from chapter 1 aww ye

vintagegal:

Shell Grotto at Margate 

The Shell Grotto is an ornate subterranean passageway in MargateKent. Almost all the surface area of the walls and roof is covered in mosaics created entirely of seashells, totalling about 2,000 square feet (190 m2) of mosaic, or 4.6 million shells.

The Grotto’s discovery in 1835 came as a complete surprise to the people of Margate; it had never been marked on any map and there had been no tales of its construction told around the town. But James Newlove could clearly see the commercial potential of his find and he immediately set about preparations to open the Grotto up to the public.

The first paying customers descended the chalk stairway in 1837 and debate has raged about the Grotto’s origins ever since: for every expert who believes it to be an ancient temple, there’s someone else convinced it was the meeting place for a secret sect; for every ardent pagan, there’s a Regency folly-monger ready to spoil their fun. At first glance the Grotto’s design only adds to the confusion, with humble cockles, whelks, mussels and oysters creating a swirling profusion of patterns and symbols. There are trees of life, phalluses, gods, goddesses and something that looks very like an altar.


The most recent findings point to the Grotto functioning as a sun temple, the sun entering the Dome (which extends up to ground level, with a small circular opening) just before the Spring Equinox, forming a dramatic alignment at midday on the Summer Solstice and departing just after the Autumn Equinox, thus indicating the fertile season. 

However, there’s only one fact about the Grotto that is indisputable: that it is a unique work of art that should be valued and preserved, whatever its age or origins.

(sources: 1, 2)

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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.

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spaceslut:

the greatest horse in all of animation history

spaceslut:

the greatest horse in all of animation history

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pmikos:

Julius LeBlanc Stewart

1855 - 1919 Elegant Lady Seated, 1900 oil on canvas 32 x 25 in. signed and dated 1900 private collection

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italianartsociety:

Sculptor Giambologna died on this day in 1608 in Florence. Flemish by birth, Giambologna arrived in Rome in 1550 at age 21, where he embarked on one of the most successful careers in the history of Italian sculpture, working in both bronze and marble. His style came to dominate later Italian sculpture and was disseminated throughout Europe by small-scale bronze replicas of his monumental works.

Reference: Charles Avery. “Giambologna.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T032040>

Architecture, 1560s, bronze, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Portrait of Giovanni Bologna by Hendrick Goltzius, collection Teylers Museum

Appenine, 1570s, rock, lava, brick, Garden of the Villa Medici, Pratolino

Rape of the Sabines, 1581-83, marble, Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence

Hercules and the Centaur, 1600, marble, Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence

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