Anonymous asked:

1) i just wanted to share this story with you, because i thought it was kinda beautiful. as you might know switzerland is a democracy, and a very resolute one. so some time ago, in the city of Basel, a local plane crashed, which led to debts for the city. so they wanted to sell 2 Picasso paintings from their museum, to pay their debts off. but the citizens protested, and in the end there was a vote.

2) the result was, that the citizens voted for the paintings, so the city kept them. Picasso heard about this and was so impressed and happy about it, he even gave the museum some other works as a gift :)

That is so wonderful to hear! I’m glad that they were able to keep the paintings! Thank you for sharing :)

marthajefferson:

mediumaevum:

Horoscope of Prince Iskandar, grandson of Tamerlane, the Turkman Mongol conqueror, by Imad al-Din Mahmud al-Kashi, from The Book of the Birth of Iskandar (ca. 1384) – Source: Wellcome Library, London. 

marthajefferson:

mediumaevum:

Horoscope of Prince Iskandar, grandson of Tamerlane, the Turkman Mongol conqueror, by Imad al-Din Mahmud al-Kashi, from The Book of the Birth of Iskandar (ca. 1384) – Source: Wellcome Library, London. 

septemberwildflowers:

art meme: 3/? colors: rose

Frederic Leighton - Elijah in the Wilderness; Alphonse Mucha - Rose; John Singer-Sargent - Mrs Carl Meyer and her ChildrenFrançois-Hubert Drouais - Portrait de Femme; François-Hubert Drouais - Madame du BarryAnton Raphael Mengs - Maria Luisa of Parma; Edgar Degas - The Pink Dancer; Edward Robert Hughes - Juliette Gordon Low; Gustave Jean Jaquet - Portrait of a Lady

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One never finishes learning about art. There are always new things to discover. Great works of art seem to look different every time one stands before them. They seem to be as inexhaustible and unpredictable as real human beings.

E. H. Gombrich, The Story of Art (via ashleeeeeeey)