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Martin Ålund (Swedish, b. 1967), Chemistry 1:7, 2013. Oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm.


Martin Ålund (Swedish, b. 1967), Chemistry 1:7, 2013. Oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm.


Austro-Hungarian troops head to the front at the beginning of World War I. 



Pages from an Illuminated Gospel. Ethiopia, Highland Region. 1300s.

This illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels was created in the late fourteenth to early fifteenth century at an Ethiopian monastic center. Its full-page paintings on vellum depict New Testament scenes from the life of Christ and portraits of the evangelists. The text is in Ge’ez, the classical Ethiopian language. Typical of Ethiopian painting, the imagery is two-dimensional and linear. Heads are seen frontally; bodies are often in profile. The artist abbreviated the facial features and treated the human form as a columnar mass, articulated in bold black and red lines.

In the fourth century A.D., the Ethiopian king Ezana converted to Christianity. Christianity became the official religion of the state whose legacy endured in various forms until the twentieth century. Around the time this manuscript was made, Ethiopia’s Christian kingdom expanded its influence. Monastic centers became increasingly important outposts of state power. They were also the chief sites of Christian art production. During the sixteenth century, Islamic incursions devastated the region, and most Christian Ethiopian art that predates the seventeenth century was destroyed. This illuminated gospel is a rare survival. -Met


Schloss Molsdorf, Erfurt (Thüringen)

(Source: Flickr / ralf_krause)


Murals (Francis of Assisi and cardinal Aloysius Stepinac) in Zagreb, Croatia

I don’t care if you are the most powerful big cat in the room, I will judge you on how you treat the least powerful. So there.

Tim Minchin (via mylittlebookofquotes)


Emily Carr

The Crazy Stair (The Crooked Staircase), c.1928-1930

Figure at Mimquimlees, c.1928

Indian Community House, 1912

Well okay

Rule 1: Always post rules
Rule 2: Answer the questions from the person who tagged you asked, and write 11 new ones
Rule 3: Tag 11 people and link them to the post
Rule 4: actually tell them you tagged them

Tagged by Mr perfectnonfreedom

1- If you could be any kind of tree in the whole world, what kind of tree would you be?

A noble, beautiful western redcedar (Thuja plicata).

2- Did you enjoy high school?

Yes, I actually had a great time in high school. That said, I wouldn’t go back.

3- Do you miss anyone?

I’m god-awful at keeping in contact, so lots of people.

4- Do you want children?

Not right now, but check back in a few years.

5- Favorite book? (Don’t care if this is a cliché question, I ask this question frequently)

This changes so frequently depending on my mood that it’s probably best to just refer you to my goodreads.

6- Would you agree that Bill Viola is worth ten Scorceses?

I’m not sure there’s much comparison.

7- What kind of shoes do you usually wear?

When I want to look semi-presentable, I have a pair of grey sneaker-type things that I like a lot. Otherwise, it’s disgustingly practical light hikers in the fall, winter, and spring, disgustingly practical sport sandals in the summer.

8- Do you have any regrets?

A healthy number, I think. Regret is a sign you’ve learned from your mistakes.

9- Do you dislike heat as much as I do?

Probably. It depends on the kind of heat, though. Dry heat is fine when you have nothing to do and you can just sit around feeling like you’re going to evaporate at any moment. Humid heat, on the other hand, is just the worst.

10- Do you let other people’s advice change your plans?

If it’s good advice.

11- Would it bother you if I started reblogging a bunch of pictures of rugby players in all kinds of awkward positions?

Reblog away, милый мой.

My questions:

1. Languages other than English that you’ve either learned, wanted to learn, attempted to learn, or grown up speaking?

2. Do you have a favourite insect?

3. Do you keep a personal journal of some sort?

4. Would you ever emigrate? To where?

5. Milk or dark chocolate?

6. What was the last book you read that significantly affected your worldview?

7. Describe your favourite outfit?

8. Is there a popular or highly-acclaimed book, movie, or TV series that you dislike intensely?

9. What would you find more off-putting in a new acquaintance, strong opinions that were drastically opposed to your own, or no strong opinions at all?

10. If you were given a choice to live at any point in history before the 20th Century, what time and place would you pick?

11. One (and only one) quality that you either look for the most in a potential partner, or appreciate most about the partner you have now.

Taggytaggytagtag: perfectnonfreedom, ignotae, watchingcbeams, wolf-speaks-to-girl, kleinwunderkammer, majesticcarrot, andrewstuntpilot, thewreckageofmen, rooskiemeezer, isthisanagate, monsieurwilde

And you, reading this, if you want to do it.

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Clem Leek - You’re So Very Far Away (from Lifenotes)


Eiffel Tower, Robert Delaunay, c. 1911

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