Beautiful Art: architecture, paintings, sculptures, etc


The Living Force
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I have been following this site on Instagram - @vivoartworld. They have compiled an incredible gallery of photos of basilicas, sculptures, paintings., etc. I tried to copy some of the pictures to add here but have not determined how to do that, so will just add a couple of links from the page:
Location: The Würzburg Residency (German: Würzburger Residenz) is a building located in the city of Würz Burg in Germany

The Margraviale Opera Theatre in the city of Bayreuth, Upper Franconia, a theater building from the 18th century.


The Living Force
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I really like John Waterhouse

"John William Waterhouse RA (6 April 1849 – 10 February 1917) was an English painter known for working first in the Academic style and for then embracing the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood's style and subject matter. His artworks were known for their depictions of women from both ancient Greek mythology and Arthurian legend."
I'm a big fan of pre-raphaelite art, as well as William Waterhouse.
I went an visited a museum in Oxford relatively recently, and an exhibition of sketches/art work by many pre-raphaelite artists housed by Oxford University. Here are a few of my photos:
Since 1549, the magnificent Salisbury cathedral has had the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom, at 404 feet (123 m).

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A few snaps from inside the cathedral I took (there was a spring art/flower exhibition on at the time):


Jedi Master
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Anna Sahlsten was a Finnish painter, who did primarily oil paintings about rural life (portraits and landscapes).

"Coffee grandmother" ("Kahvimummo" in Finnish) from 1895 is particularly well made. "Granny's" character and the twinkle in her eye have been captured quite nicely!



The Living Force
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Füssli, le maître du cauchemar exposé au musée Jacquemart-André​

Füssli, the master of the nightmare exhibited at the Jacquemart-André Museum (France)

It is in a beautiful Parisian mansion, where everything is order and beauty, luxury, calm and pleasure, that the master of the Nightmare is exposed. However, Johann Heinrich Füssli (1741-1825) was not destined to become a painter, but a pastor.

An artistic training between Switzerland and Italy

The son of an art historian and portraitist, he received a sustained artistic education with his four brothers and sisters, marked by neoclassical ideals. As a young man, he copied the German and Dutch masters and studied art history. During his theological studies in Zurich, a historian, Johan Bodmer, made a particular impression on him, as it was through him that he discovered the writings of Homer, Dante and Shakespeare. These great poets were to become major sources of inspiration for Füssli. Ordained as a pastor at the age of twenty, he denounced the corruption of a local notable in a pamphlet. It is a scandal: he has to leave Zurich. After a short stay in Germany, Füssli discovers the theatrical and literary world in London. He tried his hand at writing by publishing in 1767 Remarks on the writings and conduct of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whom he had met a year earlier. At the same time, he made a decisive encounter with the English painter Sir Joshua Reynolds, who encouraged him to train in painting and drawing in Italy. At the turn of the forties, he began to be recognized, and settled permanently in London. He climbed the ladder of respectability by being elected to the Royal Academy before becoming its chief curator.

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1669543961923.pngFussli Johann Heinrich (1741-1825). Paris, musÈe du Louvre. RF1970-29.
The art of staging

Füssli's painting is marked by a consummate art of staging, and this from his earliest paintings, such as "The Death of Dido" or "Lady Macbeth Sleepwalking". The latter is particularly striking for its frightening dimension and the mad look of the criminal. The perfectly mastered chiaroscuro, generated by the torch in the night, contributes to make the scene chilling horror.

1669544013443.png Johann Heinrich Füssli (1741 – 1825), Les trois sorcières, après 1783,huile sur toile, 75 x 90 cm, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratfordupon-Avon, photo: Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre Collection
In the continuation of this painting, we can see that of the "Three Witches", terrifying old women with hanging tongues who predict to Macbeth that he will be king of Scotland. Macbeth was then one of the most performed plays of Shakespeare in England.


Dagobah Resident

Posting works from an impressionist artist, born in my neck of the woods, Mary Cassatt. I am drawn to her study of women, particularly on the mother/child bond. I tried to add her sketches, but they were restricted on downloading to my device.

Mary Stevenson Cassatt (/kəˈsæt/; May 22, 1844 – June 14, 1926)[1] was an American painter and printmaker. She was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (now part of Pittsburgh's North Side), but lived much of her adult life in France, where she befriended Edgar Degas and exhibited with the Impressionists. Cassatt often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children.



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Generally, much detail and geometry.

One other thing concerning the some of the Islamic architecture's tile motifs, is the richness of the color blue. It is striking.
From inside Shiraz Mosque

Nain Jame Mosque

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

Marble Palace Tehran

Simple tools

Jāmeh Mosque of Yazd


Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, China
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