Art and Beauty

Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities. In their most general form these activities include the production of works of art, the criticism of art, the study of the history of art, and the aesthetic dissemination of art. This article focuses primarily on the visual arts, which includes the creation of images or objects in fields including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and other visual media. Architecture is often included as one of the visual arts; however, like the decorative arts, it involves the creation of objects where the practical considerations of use are essential—in a way that they usually are not in a painting, for example. Music, theatre, film, dance, and other performing arts, as well as literature and other media such as interactive media, are included in a broader definition of art or the arts. Until the 17th century, art referred to any skill or mastery and was not differentiated from crafts or sciences. In modern usage after the 17th century, where aesthetic considerations are paramount, the fine arts are separated and distinguished from acquired skills in general, such as the decorative or applied arts. (Wikipedia)


Reflection Arts

Rekection photo of Moraine Lake
Reflection Arts

Computer Arts

A photorealistic landscape created with Terragen
Computer Arts

 

 

 

Art-portrait-collage

Art-portrait-collage

#1: Art-portrait-collage
Clockwise from upper left: a self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh; a female ancestor figure by a Chokwe artist; detail from the Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli; and a Japanese Shisa lion.

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Versailles, Austria

Versailles, Austria

#3: Versailles, Austria

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Mozarabic Beatus miniature

Mozarabic Beatus miniature

#4: Mozarabic Beatus miniature

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The OCTOPUS and a Japanese Fisherman

THE OCTOPUS - A Japanese Fisherman

#5: THE OCTOPUS - A Japanese Fisherman Struggels for his Life

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Royal Bank Toronto Golden Art

Royal Bank Toronto Golden Art

#6: Royal Bank Toronto Golden Art

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Winter garden in art nouveau

Winter garden in art nouveau

#7: Winter garden in art nouveau built in 1900

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Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California

#8: Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California

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The Voyage of Life Youth

The Voyage of Life Youth

#11: The Voyage of Life Youth Cole Thomas 1842

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Beauty on the Shrub, painting by Ma Ch'üan, 1882

Beauty on the Shrub, painting by Ma Ch'üan, 1882

#12: Beauty on the Shrub, painting by Ma Ch'üan, 1882

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Disney Fireworks Show

Disney Fireworks Show

#13: Another Magical Disney Fireworks Show

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Morning

Morning

#14: Morning

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Asian-influenced beauty

Asian-influenced beauty

#15: Asian-influenced beauty

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Beauty in all places

Beauty in all places

#16: Beauty in all places

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Magnificent

Magnificent

#18: Magnificent

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alpacas

alpacas

#19: alpacas
Reference: Wikipedia: alpaca

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Beauty's Repose

Beauty's Repose

#20: Beauty's Repose

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Warrior (Male Nude)

Warrior (Male Nude)

#21: Warrior (Male Nude)

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Sorceress (Female Nude)

Sorceress (Female Nude)

#22: Sorceress (Female Nude)
Handmade, OOAK art doll sculpture.

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Life form

Life form

#23: Life form

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Serge Gainsbourg

Serge Gainsbourg

#24: Serge Gainsbourg
Reference: Serge Gainsbourg

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Art déco style mosaic in the Central train station in Milan

Art déco style mosaic in the Central train station in Milan

#25: Art déco style mosaic in the Central train station in Milan, Italy (allegory about "Radio broadcasting").

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KIDS ART FAVORITES MOSAIC

KIDS ART FAVORITES MOSAIC

#26: KIDS ART FAVORITES MOSAIC

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Portia (Kate Dolan), 1886

Portia (Kate Dolan), 1886

#27: Portia (Kate Dolan), 1886
by Sir John Everett Millais (English, 1829–1896)

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Lady Diana

Lady DianaLady Diana

#28: Lady DianaLady Diana
Incarnation of Portia (Kate Dolan)

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The Beauties of Nature

Internal Links to pages of natural beauties.

Nature Beauties

Sunset In St. Augustine, Florida

Nature Beauties

Unusual Animals

Leafy seadragon (Phycodurus eques)

Unusual Animals

Beautiful Plants

Drosera rotundifolia

Beautiful Plants

Dancing lady orchid

Oncidium

Dancing lady orchid


Desert Rose flower

Desert Rose flower

Desert Rose flower

African Daisy (Osteospermum)

African Daisy (Osteospermum)

African Daisy (Osteospermum)

 


Beautiful World Heritage Sites

Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor, Cambodia   Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor, Cambodia     Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor is an archaeological site which contains the remains of different capitals of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to 15th century. Best known amongst it may historic treasures are the Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple. It was designated as World Heritage Site in 1992.

Rapa Nui National Park, Chile

Rapa Nui National Park, Chile   Sunrise at Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island.

Rapa Nui National Park, Chile     Sunrise at Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island.
Also referred to as Easter Island, the location is best known for the monumental statues called moai, created by the early Polynesian settlers between the 10th and 16th centuries. The park was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995.

 

Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal, India   Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal, India     Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal, the white marble mausoleum built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal in Agra, is widely recognised as the jewel of the Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. This site was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983.

Itchan Kala, Uzbekistan.

Itchan Kala, Uzbekistan.   Itchan Kala, Uzbekistan.

Itchan Kala, Uzbekistan.     Itchan Kala, Uzbekistan.
Surrounding the Khiva oasis, the inner town of Itchan Kala, with its 10m high adobe walls, was a vital resting place for caravans preparing to cross the desert to Iran. Despite there only being a few of the cities original monuments remaining, the site is still regarded as an excellent example of central Asian Muslim architecture, with the Djuma Mosque and the 19 century palaces being of particular note. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1991.

 

Yosemite National Park, USA

Yosemite National Park, USA   Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, USA

Yosemite National Park, USA     Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, USA
Yosemite National Park is well known for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, and wildlife. Designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984. Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, dropping a total of 2,425 feet from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall.

Maya Site of Copan, Honduras

Maya Site of Copan, Honduras   Reproduction of the Mayan temple Rosalila in the museum of the Honduran archaeological site of Copan

Left: Maya Site of Copan, Honduras
Right: Reproduction of the Mayan temple Rosalila in the museum of the Honduran archaeological site of Copan.
The ruins of Copan were discovered by Diego García de Palacio in late 16th century, and are regarded among the most significant remains of the Mayan civilisation, especially the public squares and ruined citadel. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1980.

 


 


A Collection of Spring Fortune

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A Collection of Spring Fortune 春祺集錦
Painted by Wang Chengpei (?-1805), Qing dynasty - 清 汪承霈

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Reference: www.npm.gov.tw - A Collection of Spring Fortune   國立故宮博物院 - 春祺集錦

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Sweet Osmanthus and Crape Myrtle

Sweet Osmanthus and Crape Myrtle

Sweet Osmanthus and Crape Myrtle 桂花紫薇
Painter: Yun Shouping (1633-1690), Qing dynasty - 清 惲壽平

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Reference: www.npm.gov.tw - Sweet Osmanthus and Crape Myrtle   國立故宮博物院 - 桂花紫薇  

Poppies

Poppies

Poppies
Painter: Lang Shining (Giuseppe Castiglione, 1688-1766), Qing dynasty- 清 郎世寧

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Reference: www.npm.gov.tw - Poppies   國立故宮博物院 - 畫罌粟  

 

One Hundred Horses (百駿圖)

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One Hundred Horses (百駿圖)
Painted by Lang Shining (Giuseppe Castiglione) 郎世寧 (1688-1766), Qing Dynasty, Handscroll, ink and colors on silk, 94.5 x 776.2 cm, National Palace Museum, Taipei

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B E A U T Y - (Animated Classic Paintings) - dir. Rino Stefano Tagliafierro


See it at youtube   The old masters by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro - Newsnight

Phenakistiscopic Animation

Phenakistiscopic Animation

Phenakistiscopic Animation

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References: Wikipedia Phenakistoscope   commons.wikimedia.org Category:Phenakistoscope   tumblr.com The Richard Balzer Collection

 

29 incredible close-ups of snowflakes

Close-ups of snowflakes   Close-ups of snowflakes

Left: 29 incredible close-ups of snowflakes (Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov)Image#1
Right: Image#32

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Snowflakes and snow crystals

Snowflakes and snow crystals

Snowflakes and snow crystals (Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov)

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