ancientart:

Painted scenes from inside the Buddhist Ajanta Caves, India, which date from the 2nd century BCE. These particular painted works are all from Cave 17.

Photos taken by Kirk Kittell. 

wetheurban:

ART: Cesar Santos’ Masterfully Remixed Paintings

Artist Cesar Santos’ paintings seemingly bring the works of masters – from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century to Modernism – together, juxtaposing their styles one on top of the other.

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gasoline-station:

FEM_brutalism

by Cristina Cipriani

(Fonte: ryanpanos)

wired:

The Arthur Kill ship graveyard was never meant to become such a decrepit spectacle. In the years following World War II, the adjacent scrapyard began to purchase scores of outdated vessels, with the intention of harvesting them for anything of value. But the shipbreakers couldn’t keep pace with the influx of boats, especially once people started to use the graveyard as a dumping ground for their old dinghies. Plenty of ships fell into such disrepair that they were no longer worth the effort to strip, especially since many teem with toxic substances. And so they’ve been left to rot in the murky tidal strait that divides Staten Island from New Jersey, where they’ve turned scarlet with rust and now host entire ecosystems of hardy aquatic creatures.

MORE: The Secret NYC Graveyard Where Ships Go to Die

intimesgonebyblog:

London 1870s : Gatehouse, Inner Temple.
mshibo:

Magnificent Dome of Selimiye Mosque, Edirne, Turkey by Remzsinas on Flickr.

thegetty:

Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!

Or, Happy 408th Birthday, Rembrandt!

Born July 15,1606, the great Dutch painter is known for his lively brushwork and genius play of light and dark.

Rembrandt Laughing, about 1628, Rembrandt van Rijn. The J. Paul Getty Museum

“If you want to learn what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph.”

Unknown (via thexpotent)

This hit me harder than I expected.

(via isarian450)

(Fonte: foreverthecuriousone)

ianference:

Wooden wheelchair in the elevator under the Clinic Building at Greystone Park State Hospital.  Sadly, in 2007, this building and the rest of the complex it was connected to were bulldozed; the space is currently just a patch of grass.

ianference:

Wooden wheelchair in the elevator under the Clinic Building at Greystone Park State Hospital.  Sadly, in 2007, this building and the rest of the complex it was connected to were bulldozed; the space is currently just a patch of grass.

fucking-history:

Images of the Crimean War, taken by one of the first war photographers, Robert Fenton, starting in 1855 (see entire gallery here).

As the Ottoman Empire declined from decade to decade, Russian territorial ambitions increased. The desire for a warm water port for the Russian navy pushed Nicholas I to propose a partition settlement with the British. However, the British were interested in maintaining the balance of power in Europe by checking Russian expansionism and the French were concerned about the Russian Orthodox church acquiring Holy Places. Consequently, both powers joined the side of the Ottomans. The Russian stronghold at Sevastopol became the ultimate goal of the conflict, as the Russian army could directly threat the Ottomans from its strategic position. The allies besieged the city for 11 months, where the allied army experienced a harsh winter with widespread disease and supply shortages. Heavy casualties crippled each side, but the Russians forfeited in September 1855 and exited the war shortly thereafter.

With the Russian threat distinguished, the once somewhat pro-Ottoman west now experienced growing disdain for the empire. The British—no longer united with the Ottomans against a common foe—had no interest in defending the empire again. Furthermore, the Ottomans maintained territorial interests in the Arabian peninsula and the British saw this encroachment as a challenge to its own ambitions in the region. (Paraphrased from A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire by M. Sukru Hanioglu, pp. 79-81)