Onfim’s drawings, discovered in a medieval town in northern Russia in 1951, are the earliest known child drawings in existence.
One of the most fascinating archeological finds in Russia has been the discovery of hundreds of “birchbark documents” (messages written on the bark of birch trees with a sharp stylus) that were created from the 11th to the 15th century.
The birchbark documents of Novgorod are a major source for information about life in Medieval Novgorod because they are not the writings of church theologians or political leaders, but rather, personal messages, IOUs, love letters, shopping lists, and so on. One of the most fascinating items, in my mind, is a collection of children’s drawings that have been unearthed.
Ferdinand Knab (1834-1902), Italian Villa in the Sea
"Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague."
Vincent van Gogh (via art-and-fury)
"It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor they are all equal now." - Barry Lyndon (1975)
director: Stanley Kubrick
So damn beautiful.
every single frame in the film could be a poster or a painting. it is that good.
Perseus Rescuing Andromeda, Joachim Wtewael,
Claude Monet’s iconic 1907 painting ”Nymphéas” (“Water Lilies”), painted in his beloved garden Giverny, France, has been sold for $24 million to an undisclosed Asian buyer in the season-opening auction of impressionist and modern art at Christie’s.
The work is part of heiress Huguette Clark’s estate and has been off the market since 1930. Now Christie’s is selling hundreds of items from Clark’s collection after a feud over her estate was settled in the fall. The Montana copper mining heiress died at 104 in 2011. Her father, U.S. Sen. William A. Clark, founded Las Vegas.