renaissance-art:

Cima da Conegliano c. 1505
Marriage of Bacchus and Ariadne (detail)
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ancientpeoples:

Faience hippopotamus 
Hippopotami were feared by the Egyptians because these animals are very destructive and dangerous. By making these statues the Egyptian hoped to controle those dangers and keep them at bay. The lotusflowers painted on the animals are symbols of fertility and the marshes where hippo’s mostly stayed. The goddess Taweret is a pregnant hippo and was worshipped by pregnant women to protect their unborn child. 
Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 12th dynasty, 1960 - 1878 BC. 
Found in middle Egypt, Meir, Tomb of Senbi II
Source: Metropolitan Museum
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lvndcity:

Trees in Briones by Ian Porteous | Flickr
Briones Regional Park, California
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thorsteinulf:

James Arthur O’Connor - Morning (c.1828-40)
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renaissance-art:

Michael Wolgemut c. 1493
Circe and Ulysses 
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stfumadison:

A woman on the subway, New York City, 1970’s
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the-beauty-in-the-imperfections:

 
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fleurdulys:

The Bridge - Pierre Bonnard
1908
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monikatraikov:

seen.
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fleurdulys:

Snow White - Henry Meynell Rheam
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labellefilleart:

 Mezzogiorno al Mare, Vittorio Matteo Corcos
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kendrasmiles4u:

SUDELEY CASTLE GARDENS by Mijkra on Flickr.
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smithsonianlibraries:

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) is another of our favorite naturalist/scientific illustrators. From childhood she was fascinated with insects and the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies. Trained as a painter, she beautifully depicted her observations about the life-cycle of insects. Her illustrations show not just the insects’ transformation, but the important role specific plants have in sustaining the animal during the various stages of development.
The images above are from her most important work,  Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensium (1705)which she created after receiving a grant from the city of Amsterdam to travel to the then Dutch colony of Suriname to study insects.

lost-in-centuries-long-gone:

La représentation continue 0587 -  Château d’Azay-le-Rideau (1518-1529), Indre-et-Loire, Touraine, Région Centre — vue prise du grand escalier by Afchine Davoudi on Flickr.
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Opaque  by  andbamnan