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Great art has dreadful manners. The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to rearrange your sense of reality. (The Power of Art, Simon Schama)
Stefan Luchian, Lakeshore Grove, 1898

Stefan Luchian, Lakeshore Grove, 1898


“A Race with Mermaids and Tritons" (1895), Collier Twentyman Smithers


A Race with Mermaids and Tritons" (1895), Collier Twentyman Smithers


Gerhard Richter
Enamel on back of glass mounted on Alu Dibond
100 cm x 200 cm each

Gerhard Richter: Strips and Glass
Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
January 18, 2014 – April 21, 2014


Andy WarholSpace Fruit: Lemons1978


Andy Warhol
Space Fruit: Lemons

(Source: esthercoxskiosk)

Dec 20 '13 · 6,163 notes · via tonecones · Tagged andy warhol,

Dalí’s Dream of Venus (1939 World’s Fair, Flushing, NY); Dalí at Work


Dalí’s Dream of Venus (1939 World’s Fair, Flushing, NY); Dalí at Work



Donato Creti, Astronomical Observations, 1711, oil on canvas, Vatican Museum, Rome.

Creti was comissioned by Bolognese count Luigi Marsili to create a series of all the planets and the moon, which was ultimately presented to Pope Clement XI in an effort to demonstrate the importance of astronomical observations. Apparently it worked, because with the Pope’s support, the first public astronomical observatory opened in Bologna a short time later. Pictured above are Creti’s representations of the Moon, a comet, and Venus, but the entire series included the whole solar system as it was known in the 18th century: the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and a Comet. Uranus is missing because it was only discovered in 1781.  


In a last-ditch effort to pass Astronomy and receive my English degree, I’ve started a tumblr for a semester project that looks at depictions of Astronomy, astronomers, and other astrological phenomena through the history of art. Check it out, and give it a follow if you feel so inclined.

Thomas Cole, L’Allegro (Italian Sunset), 1845

Thomas Cole, L’Allegro (Italian Sunset), 1845

Nov 7 '13 · 7 notes · Tagged thomas cole,


John Baldessari - The Cremation Project, 1970

Baldessari cremated all of his early paintings in 1970, gathering them in an urn, and then even released an obituary for them in the paper. Later on, he baked cookies out of the ashes. 

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