June 16, 2013
The Rape of the Sabine Women (detail) by Giambologna, 1579-1583

The Rape of the Sabine Women (detail) by Giambologna, 1579-1583

April 5, 2013
cavetocanvas:

Giorgio Vasari, View of the Studiolo, 1570-75

cavetocanvas:

Giorgio VasariView of the Studiolo, 1570-75

April 2, 2013
pro-fessional:

Caravaggio (1571-1610), The Fortune Teller (Second Ed. Detail)Oil on canvas, 1595

pro-fessional:

Caravaggio (1571-1610), The Fortune Teller (Second Ed. Detail)
Oil on canvas, 1595

(Source: greuze)

April 2, 2013
mucholderthen:

CHINESE IMPORTS IN OTTOMAN ART
Lion and Qilin, Dragon and Birdwith floral background
Mid-16th century / Ottoman periodInk, color and gold on paperTurkey
Animals in ferocious combat are a recurring theme in sixteenth-century Ottoman art.
In this remarkable drawing, a lion devours a Qilin, an animal of  Chinese legend, while a dragon is about to swallow a frightened bird perched helplessly on its tongue.
Although the ch’i-lin and dragon were inspired by Chinese models, the depiction of these animals as fearsome, 
battling creatures is alien to Chinese art and is more characteristic of Ottoman and Persian pictorial language.
The composition is noteworthy for its use of undulating lines, which lend tremendous energy and vitality.
(Smithsonian Museums of Asian Art)________________________________
Qilin (麒麟) refers to a chimerical creature known throughout East Asia, often depicted with what looks like fire all over its body. Europeans thought of it as the Chinese version of a unicorn.

mucholderthen:

CHINESE IMPORTS IN OTTOMAN ART

Lion and Qilin, Dragon and Bird
with floral background

Mid-16th century / Ottoman period
Ink, color and gold on paper
Turkey

Animals in ferocious combat are a recurring theme in sixteenth-century Ottoman art.

In this remarkable drawing, a lion devours a Qilin, an animal of  Chinese legend, while a dragon is about to swallow a frightened bird perched helplessly on its tongue.

  • Although the ch’i-lin and dragon were inspired by Chinese models, the depiction of these animals as fearsome,
  • battling creatures is alien to Chinese art and is more characteristic of Ottoman and Persian pictorial language.
  • The composition is noteworthy for its use of undulating lines, which lend tremendous energy and vitality.

(Smithsonian Museums of Asian Art)
________________________________

Qilin (麒麟) refers to a chimerical creature known throughout East Asia, often depicted with what looks like fire all over its body. Europeans thought of it as the Chinese version of a unicorn.

March 27, 2013
c0ssette:

Lucas Cranach the Elder, Lucretia’s Suicide (detail) 1509-10.

c0ssette:

Lucas Cranach the Elder, Lucretia’s Suicide (detail) 1509-10.

March 23, 2013
Baths At Pozzuoli By Girolamo Macchietti, 1570-1572

Baths At Pozzuoli By Girolamo Macchietti, 1570-1572

March 4, 2013

Celestial clockwork globe. 1579, Vienna, Austria.
Source: Met Museum

Celestial clockwork globe. 1579, Vienna, Austria.

Source: Met Museum

(Source: travellinganachronism)

March 2, 2013
Julie With An Athlete By Agostino Carracci

Julie With An Athlete By Agostino Carracci

February 26, 2013
Virgin And Child With Four Angels By Gerard David, Circa 1510-1515

Virgin And Child With Four Angels By Gerard David, Circa 1510-1515

February 22, 2013
svlc:

Matrakçı Nasuh – Map of Soltaniyeh (16th Century)

svlc:

Matrakçı Nasuh – Map of Soltaniyeh (16th Century)