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Martin Johnson Heade, Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds, 1871

Inspired perhaps by the works of Charles Darwin and Frederic Edwin Church, Heade planned to produce a deluxe book in the 1860s depicting Brazilian hummingbirds in tropical settings, and, to that end, created a series of 40 small pictures called The Gems of Brazil. The project was abandoned, but Heade retained his interest in hummingbirds and continued to paint them in combination with orchids and jungle backgrounds through the 1870s. -WikiPaintings

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magictransistor:

Conrad Gesner (1553)

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Wide Out - James Turrell, 1998

jaysonscottmusson:

makeshift light table

Julie Morstad

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slowartday:

Jayson Musson

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jayreyilly:

Nipples by Jay Rey

we had to tackle ideas of gender for homework. My solution to the assignment was to tackle the issue of a male versus a female nipple and why a female nipple needs to be censored. They are nipples ya’ll, beyond being some what funny, I don’t know why they gotta be such a threat. Us art students deal with em on the daily.

link on behance http://www.behance.net/gallery/Nipples-Whats-The-Difference/11144767

efedra:

1. Phase of Nothingness - Cloth and Stone, 1970/1994 by Nobuo Sekine

2. Concetto Spaziale Attese, 1968 by Lucio Fontana

3. Installation by Kiki Smith

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the60sbazaar:

Twiggy and Justin de Villeneuve photographed by Burt Glinn

artandopinion:

The Temptation of St. Anthony

1512 -1516

Matthias Grunewald

sextuplet:

Nelina Trubach-Moshnikova » Where the Sea

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close up section of The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch

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art-stronomy:

John W. Draper’s mirror-reversed daguerreotype of the moon taken from his rooftop observatory at NYC on March 26, 1840

Obviously as technology improved, astrological observations became increasingly more accurate. With the invention of photography, astronomers could take actual photographs of the moon instead of sketches or paintings of what they observed. This blog explains the process that Draper went through to capture the image:

For his first effort, Draper made the moon’s rays pass by the reflection of a heliostat through a lens four inches in diameter and fifteen feet in focus.  His allotted exposure time of 30 minutes, however, proved too long, resulting in a partially blackened, overexposed plate.  Draper succeeded in capturing another image of a seventeen-day-old moon by using two lenses and exposing the plate for 45 minutes, resulting in a more distinct, detailed daguerreotype of the moon’s surface.

With Draper’s image, the age of astrophotography was launched, and astronomers had a new technology available to them to study the sky.

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John Chiara

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