A new love of mine, 19th century English artist John Atkinson Grimshaw. This gorgeous night scene titled “Old English House, Moonlight After Rain” is from 1883. Grimshaw was known for his cityscapes, particularly his night scenes, and with this painting, you can easily see why.
Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ comes to life!
This is feeding my wanderlust…
This Lord of the Rings-esque statue is called the Appennine Colossus by Italian artist, Giambologne, in 1579-80. Originally part of the garden at Villa Medici at Pratolino, it is now part of Villa Demidoff, in Pratolino, Italy and is 35 feet tall!
To calculate the price-per-square-inch of a work of art is simple: you multiply the length of the piece by its width to get the number of square inches, and then you divide the price of the piece by the number of square inches.
Fine artists: How do you price your paintings? Most of us have absolutely no idea how to price our own work (or we have a disdain for this task because we feel it cheapens our craft). Chris Tyrell comes to the rescue once again with his typically sound advice, and some very simple math. Say thank you.(via drawnblog)
I’ve decided that my next woodburning project is going to be a map of the world. Researching world maps, I got lost looking at the really old ones. I just love these old maps… before the GPS and modern technologies. I’m just always amazed at how well these cartographers were able to map out the shapes of the land and water without all our modern amenities. They are just fantastic.
This lovely image is Ortelius’s map of the world which was made in 1601. Incredible, isn’t it?
I love this…
This oil painting is a miniature of “Joan of Arc” that dates to circa 1485, and was painted just 54 years after her death. This is the earliest surviving painting of Joan, but is still only an artist’s interpretation. The only known painting of her that she actually sat for has unfortunately not survived. This painting is currently on display at the Centre Historique des Archives Nationales in Paris, France.
This is called a Fayum Mummy Portrait… It is a Coptic period painting of a deceased person that was included in their mummy wrap in ancient Egypt. It shows the Roman style influence that was happening at this time. I saw these for the first time at a museum in Moscow and fell in love.
It’s nice to see the “real” face of the mummies…