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Vanitas Tableau In Wax, One Side Resembling Queen Elizabeth I, And The Other A Skull Swarming With Insects And Reptiles, XVIII Century
Via Wellcome Images


Haunting Streets: The Paintings of Lesley Oldaker


Saint Christoph as dog-headed man

St. Christoforos - russian ikon
(Byzantine tradition)

(vía jahoctopus)


Antoine Bourdelle - Dance of the Hanged Men


Born today … Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, October 15, 1844, Röcken, Germany.
“I wished to conquer the feeling of a full irresponsibility, to make
myself independent of praise and blame, of present and past”
“Today I learned by
chance what Zarathustra means; star of gold. This chance enchants
me” (Letter to Gast, 20th May 1883).


Deenesh Ghyczy Paintings

June of 2012 we featured German painter extraordinaire Deenesh Ghyczy, with his fragmented portraits. Here is new work from the Berlin-based artist who continues his practice of creating works that are serene, contemplative, and gaze into each subjects’ deeper conscious.


Illustrations by Joanne Nam  tumblr l behance


The “White Lady” is a ghostly apparition of a woman dressed all in white, who is said to appear whenever a descendant of the House of Habsburg is about to die.

According to folklore, she was seen at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna the night before Marie Antoinette was executed. She was also reported to have been seen by some near Mayerling, where crown Prince Rudolf committed suicide, and by his mother, Empress Elisabeth, shortly before she was assassinated.

(vía jaded-mandarin)


Charles Yarnall Abbott (1870-1938)

The Darker Drink, Autotype (halftone), 1908

The title of the work, alluding to the act of succumbing to death, is taken from stanza XLIII in Edward Fitzgerald’s translation of The Rubaiyát of Omar Kháyyám:

“So when the Angel of the darker Drink
 At last shall find you by the river-brink,
    And, offering his Cup, invite your Soul Forth to your Lips to quaff - you shall not


Scott Outdoor Amphitheatre, Swarthmore College, PA. Designed by Thomas Sears and completed in 1942. 

2ft high retaining walls are made from layers of local schist slabs and the randomly spaced trees are Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree) and Quercus alba (White Oak).

I love the idea of a ‘turf proscenium floor’ and it looks like a great place to learn. I can imagine this kind of space would conform to the theories of design laid out in ‘A Pattern Language’ by Christopher Alexander…

(Photo source: Swarthmore College - The Cultural Landscape Foundation)