Meet the Mona Lisa of the Prado, the earliest known copy of Da Vinci’s best portrait. Similarity in the undersketch of the painting indicates that this was very likely painted concurrently with the original Mona Lisa, by a student of Da Vinci.
There is much controversy in the art world over the question of whether or not to clean the fragile Mona Lisa, but her sister has been restored and some fairly odd later alterations removed to show the original vibrant colors and lighting. Some details, such as the sheerness of her shawl and the pattern on the neckline of her dress, have become utterly obscured in the original, but in the restored copy they’re perfectly clear.
It blows my mind a little bit to look at these two sisters side-by-side and imagine how much vivid detail could be hiding in the Mona Lisa under 500 years of rotten varnish.
THE COPY HAS EYEBROWS
Your response to a beautiful piece of artwork done by Leonardo Da Vinci himself is “SHES GOT EYEBROWS”. Alright. All intelligent life has been lost.
Yo Snooty McSnotwhine, the Mona Lisa’s vanished eyebrows have been the subject of debate and analysis in the art expert community for hundreds of years, long before your parents squirted water at each other from across the clown car and then honked their bicycle horns to indicate they really wanted to make a smug, insufferable little clown baby together.
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket, James Whistler
No one before Bernini had managed to make marble so carnal. In his nimble hands it would flatter and stream, quiver and sweat. His figures weep and shout, their torses twist and run, and arch themselves in spasms of intense sensation. He could, like an alchemist, change one material into another - marble into trees, leaves, hair, and, of course, flesh.
- Simon Schama’s Power of Art. Bernini
This is the kinda beautiful shit i desperately need in my room.
FOUND MY HOUSE DECOR.
KELCI, I WANT THE THING
Classic and Reverse harpies, mermaids, centaurs, and nagas
as a species we have this habit of tacking human faces onto animals and when you think about it, it looks kind of stupid, but it looks even stupider backwards
#StarWars #StarWarsy #yoda #art
A re-imagining of Rapunzel.
Eric Standley, an artist and teacher of the Art School of the Polytechnic University of Virginia (School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech). As he writes, these patterns are inspired by Gothic and medieval Islamic architecture. A technique is simple and fun: hundreds of layers colored of cardboard, which he cuts by a special laser. its just unique…
there is so much beauty and truth in this omg
i wanted to draw some lady pirates
Noelle always proving that there is more than one way to design a female character.
lady pirates are relevant to my interests
A Portrait of Grand Princess Maria Aleksandrovna by Ivan Makarov (detail)