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more AskReddit AskReddit comments related want to join? login or register in seconds| English this post was submitted on 18 Feb 2014 337 points (79% like it) 456 upvotes 119 downvotes shortlink: remember mereset password Ask a question! AskReddit unsubscribe5,177,948 15,864 users here now Why are comment scores hidden? Click to find out. The current delay is -- 60 -minutes Use a [Serious] post tag to designate your post as a serious, on-topic-only thre ad. [Learn More] Do you have ideas or feedback for Askreddit? Submit to /r/Ideasforaskreddit. Check out our Wiki page for the rules and other info. 1) You must post a clear and direct question, and only the question, in your title. Any context or clarification should be posted in the text box. Your own answer to the question should go in the comments as a reply to your own post. [M ore] 2) Askreddit is for open-ended, discussion-inspiring questions. Questions wi th a single correct answer do not generate open discussion and will be removed. Any post asking for advice should be generic and not specific to your situation alone. [More] 3) Please do not post poll-type, survey, or yes/no questions. "Does anybody else?" questions, and posts like highest vote wins or of similar nature will also be removed. [More] 4) Posting, or seeking, any identifying personal information will result in a ban without a prior warning. This includes for yourself or other people, and r efers to, but is not limited to, full names, phone numbers, email addresses, fac ebook or other social media accounts. [More] 5) Askreddit is not your soapbox, personal army, or advertising platform. Po sts attempting to promote a specific agenda of yours or anyone else, to gain pub licity, promote a cause or charity drive, or to publicly shame a person or entit y will be removed. Rhetorical and loaded questions will also be removed. [More] 6) Questions seeking professional advice are inappropriate for this subreddi t and will be removed. This includes but is not limited to medical, legal, menta l health and financial advice. If you think that you need professional support, please contact a professional in your area. [More]

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[ ]aac86 307 points 6 hours ago Maybe not mesmerizing for everyone, but the Veiled virgin I just think it's amazing and could stare at it for a really long time. permalink [ ]spigotface 113 points 3 hours ago* Any sculpture by Bernini will blow your mind then. He's regarded by many as the most talented sculptor to work with marble in all of history. Here's some of his work: Ecstasy of Saint Theresa Apollo and Daphne The Rape of Proserpina Detail: Look at the hands squeezing her flesh and remembe r this was all carved from one large block of stone Saint Peter's Baldachin also, nun for scale Blessed Ludovica Albertoni permalink parent [ ]BlackCaaaaat 38 points 3 hours ago Those hands, that flesh, how the hell did he work that magic? permalink parent load more comments (5 replies) [ ]Hep_bee[S] 31 points 3 hours ago The Rape of Persopina is one of the most exquisite sculptures because of the amo unt of detail, in my opinion. permalink parent [ ]athennna 8 points 3 hours ago It was the first thing I thought of when I saw the post title. permalink parent load more comments (2 replies) [ ]Truly_Scrumptious_ 5 points 3 hours ago Mind blowing permalink parent

[ ]punkrockchick 4 points 3 hours ago wow those are beautiful. thanks for the pics :) permalink parent load more comments (8 replies) [ ]LTshrink 24 points 6 hours ago Sculptures such as these never fail to blow me away. The way the veil is draped over the face looks so natural and real. I cannot even begin to imagine how a bl ock of stone was shaped into this. permalink parent [ ]Hep_bee[S] 7 points 6 hours ago Absolutely! Just the amount of work to create the draped look is something to be in awe of. permalink parent [ ]aac86 9 points 5 hours ago I'm glad other people feel the same. Here is the view from the left permalink parent [ ]IdiotManChild 5 points 3 hours ago When I looked at that photo (twice), I kept expecting her to turn and look me in the eyes. What the hell is wrong with me? permalink parent load more comments (2 replies) [ ]BlackCaaaaat 4 points 4 hours ago That is breathtaking. permalink parent [ ]punkrockchick 3 points 3 hours ago that is amazing. permalink parent [ ]lekzandr 3 points 5 hours ago

That's incredible permalink parent load more comments (3 replies) [ ]agnosticstudy 37 points 2 hours ago Magritte - Not to be Reproduced my favorite painting permalink [ ]fallingtopieces [score hidden] 32 minutes ago My favourite Magritte - The Empire of Light - II; It fills me with peace, calm a nd quiet. permalink parent load more comments (1 reply) load more comments (4 replies) [ ]TheStateOfDreaming 178 points 6 hours ago Anything by Zdislav Beksinski. This one is one of my favorites. permalink [ ]spagettyo 52 points 6 hours ago ive always been partial to this one permalink parent [ ]StarwarsIndianajones 16 points 5 hours ago Wow! these are amazing. I've never heard of this guy but thanks so much for show ing me. This is why I love askreddit! permalink parent [ ]spagettyo 9 points 4 hours ago im sure a google image search shows some but he also has an extensive body of pe ncil/charcoal and digital artwork. unfortunately he was stabbed by his housekeep ers 14 year old kid for refusing to lend him money, and subsequently died... sad face emoticon edit: also try searching him as Zdzislaw with a w instead of a v permalink parent

[ ]antonnitro 12 points 2 hours ago Or "Zdzislaw Beksinski" with those two fancy letters. permalink parent [ ]Stazalicious [score hidden] 43 minutes ago In Polish the l is pronounced like an English W. permalink parent load more comments (1 reply) [ ]0110101001101011 9 points 3 hours ago This is amazing, I want to hang a print of this in my apartment now but people w ill think I'm depressed. permalink parent [ ]Hep_bee[S] 13 points 2 hours ago Hang it anyways! Someone else's idea of the art you like should never change how you feel about it. permalink parent load more comments (2 replies) [ ]wanderingseoul 5 points 6 hours ago Wow. I think you've just helped me to find my new favourite artist! permalink parent [ ]TheStateOfDreaming 16 points 5 hours ago I'm glad! I also discovered him through browsing reddit a while ago. The way he uses textures and colors just blows my mind. permalink parent load more comments (2 replies) load more comments (1 reply) [ ]SamCropper 5 points 1 hour ago P.s it's "Zdzislaw" :) permalink parent

[ ]jerbookins 4 points 1 hour ago I have had this as a wallpaper for years and I didn't know who the artist was. S o thank you. His other work is absolutely fascinating. Morbidly curious, pessimi stic, and dark, but fucking fascinating. permalink parent [ ]tryptaminer 8 points 4 hours ago Very pink Floyd the wall vibez permalink parent [ ]kingshizznit 7 points 3 hours ago "Mother should I build a wall?" permalink parent [ ]N7Crazy 4 points 2 hours ago "Mother should I run for president?" permalink parent [ ]decayingteeth [score hidden] 27 minutes ago "Mother should I replace Syd Barret?" permalink parent load more comments (3 replies) [ ]SwagDaddyMcNasty 30 points 4 hours ago Michelangelo's Pieta. When he was commissioned this piece, he was instructed to "make the most beautiful work of art ever created." http://upload.wikimedia.org/ wikipedia/commons/6/6c/Michelangelo's_Pieta_5450_cut_out_black.jpg permalink [ ]EsotericNinja 9 points 2 hours ago What I love about this one s how massive Mary is compared to Jesus, yet how natu ral it looks. It seems a though she's holding a young child rather than a man. permalink parent load more comments (2 replies) [ ]epae 24 points 1 hour ago An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump by Joseph Wright of Derby

permalink [ ]moonman [score hidden] 59 minutes ago I saw that when I was at the National Gallery, I was there two years ago and it' s one of the few that I can remember clear as day. It just sucked me in, I could n't look away from it - thanks for that memory. permalink parent load more comments (1 reply) [ ]SwitchingAccounts 35 points 2 hours ago One painting that really speaks to me is The Human Condition by Rene Magritte. M y interpretation, which I think is fairly common, is that people set up these wa lls around us and then try to use art to show how the world really is. However, no matter how perfect your painting is, it will never be better than what you co uld get by taking away the canvas and looking at the real world. We try to write books and make films that will give us some insight into truth or beauty or rea lity, but they all fail because no matter how much detail is put into it, it's a lways just an image of the real thing. Our ability to comprehend the world is in nately flawed because no matter whether we look with books or eyes or thoughts, we're still looking through something. permalink [ ]DoScienceToIt 8 points 1 hour ago Magritte was very much about reality versus perception, and he wasn't afraid to point out quite clearly that paintings are simply representations of reality, an d thus lack any true kinship with their subjects. permalink parent load more comments (2 replies) [ ]Bahamabanana 93 points 3 hours ago This piece by Leonid Afremov. I really dig this guys work. The colors are stunning. permalink [ ]N7Crazy 9 points 2 hours ago Agreed, just like Edward Hopper's work, there is something very serene with a sl ight touch of meloncholia and longfullness within it - It's paintings like these that can captivate me completely into a different state of mind. permalink parent [ ]Hep_bee[S] 6 points 1 hour ago I love that you can almost feel his brush stokes. The colors are nothing less th

an perfect.. permalink parent load more comments (2 replies) [ ]iliyax 19 points 1 hour ago This is probably going to get buried but Ivan the Terrible by Ilya Repin has nev er failed to nail me to my seat for a few minutes. permalink load more comments (1 reply) [ ]sumcpeeps 29 points 5 hours ago Gustav Klimt's The Kiss. I can feel the intimacy and potency of love and sensual ity, as well as his use of amazing patterns and colors. I am far from an art exp ert, but that piece just moves me to tears. He completely conveys the feeling th at this woman is utterly cherished...and isn't that what we all want for ourselv es? permalink [ ]thegreendoooom 22 points 2 hours ago For the lazy permalink parent [ ]Hep_bee[S] 7 points 5 hours ago It's almost like she's realizing the world is finally perfect. permalink parent [ ]0de 4 points 3 hours ago I adore it. It conveys comfort, love, protection, sensuality... Something about it just works. permalink parent [ ]munchkinchic 3 points 4 hours ago This is my favorite painting. It's so beautifully sensual and intimate. permalink parent load more comments (1 reply) [ ]duckshirt 40 points 7 hours ago Theo Jansen's Strandbeests

permalink [ ]Sieborg 5 points 2 hours ago* This blew my mind. Edit: By 20 seconds you will be hooked. permalink parent load more comments (2 replies) [ ]BddyGrease 86 points 5 hours ago Nighthawkes by Edward Hopper. http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/hopper/street /hopper.nighthawks.jpg permalink [ ]MuffedMan 16 points 4 hours ago Yes! What is it about this strange painting that captivates me so much? I can't explain. permalink parent [ ]positivelysc 35 points 3 hours ago Hopper: come for the voyeurism, stay for the isolation. Both are pretty consiste nt themes in his work & you should check out some of his other stuff if you like this. Much of it is better than Nighthawks, but didn't get the whole pop cultur e treatment. http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/hopper/interior/hopper.ny-movie.jpg permalink parent load more comments (1 reply) [ ]xheist 49 points 3 hours ago It has this quiet energy about it. You can feel the buzz and the hum of the city in the background, and even though the scene appears quiet, even a little sleep y, you know something's about to kick off. permalink parent [ ]punkrockchick 14 points 3 hours ago i love how the people turned to see what's going on permalink parent load more comments (5 replies)

[ ]herman2 4 points 2 hours ago It's the lighting in my opinion, you can't really tell what time of day it is ea rly morning? Late night? And the lighting and lack if people outside the diner m ake it moody as well permalink parent load more comments (2 replies) [ ]beluriel 6 points 1 hour ago Is it just me or doesn't the couple look like Roger and Joan from Mad Men? permalink parent [ ]floatabegonia 4 points 1 hour ago Hopper captures a moment in the city better than almost anyone. permalink parent [ ]Daniz64 3 points 3 hours ago I just love making up backstories for things like this! Like the man with his ba ck to us... Maybe he just broke up with someone or is introverted and likes late night coffee. Maybe just maybe he's an under cover detective and that couple is cheating! permalink parent [ ]moonman 2 points 1 hour ago I came here to say the same thing, it's romantic, it's - it makes me think of th e Manhattan of the past I created in my head as a kid who grew up in the Suburbs of New Jersey watching old movies. I can't adequately describe it because even at 25 I still don't know how to describe that glorified and anachronistic versio n of the Post War Years...marble facades, George Gershwin, 5 coffee and Joe DiMag gio in pin stripes. permalink parent load more comments (5 replies) [ ]Hep_bee[S] 93 points 7 hours ago Metamorphoses by Christian Schloe It's so beautiful in a way that I can't explain. http://imgur.com/3V2JuEu permalink [ ]i_eatProstitutes 6 points 5 hours ago

That is confusing as hell yet so beautiful... permalink parent load more comments (4 replies) [ ]brickwall5 61 points 4 hours ago The Slave Ship, by J.M.W Turner was the first painting, and really piece of art in general, to really put me on my ass. I don't know what it is, but every time I look at it I'm taken by how complete it is. I don't know how else to describe it; I feel like from the shading of the sky, to the outline of the ship, down to the murky, muddy look of the water with the forest of hands and shackles poking out of it just tells a complete story. It's so detailed, but it's all sculpted into the background of of the light in the sky, the reflection of the light in t he water, and the life of the water. The fact that this scene of utter barbarism, complete disregard for humanity, an d cold, calculated brutality has been poured into the background of an ocean lik e you'd pour water into a jug creates an amazing statement about the disgusting normalcy of it all. If you wiped away the ship and the people, it would be a pai nting - and a pretty beautiful one - of a sunset out on the ocean. It would show the sun blending into the water in the beautiful way a sunset does, at the same time, every single night. The slave trade made the sea a party to the horrors o f the darkest side of human nature; it made the bright sun, the blue sky, the wh ite clouds, and the blue-green, rolling water an accomplice in its crimes. That' s the only way I can describe why this is a masterpiece. permalink [ ]antsonmyscreen 3 points 2 hours ago God I love this piece so much. I adore Turner. You're spot on with your words. permalink parent load more comments (6 replies) [ ]SomeNorCalGuy 38 points 6 hours ago The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. It's so very weirdly awesome and detailed. I have been fascinated by it for year s and almost every time I look at it I'll see something that I've never seen bef ore. permalink [ ]Nemonova 4 points 2 hours ago I adore Bosch. One of my favorite artists. permalink parent load more comments (2 replies)

[ ]nolan_is_tall 13 points 3 hours ago When I was young Winslow Homer's paintings, and this one in general, really capt ivated my imagination. They inspired many adventures involving me roaming my bac kyard, dreaming of distant lands and exciting circumstance. He is still one of m y favorite painters. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d3/Winslow_Homer_004.jpg permalink [ ]freaklike 16 points 1 hour ago Apennine colossus http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/G7pErJPQzBs/maxresdefault.jpg permalink [ ]theoffknight 35 points 3 hours ago Hand with reflecting sphere - MC Escher http://brettworks.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/hand-with-reflecting-sphere-1935-l ithograph.jpeg permalink load more comments (1 reply) [ ]ark_12 12 points 3 hours ago Vasily Vereshchagin's Before the Attack at Plevna permalink [ ]audio-blood 14 points 2 hours ago The Incredulity of Saint Thomas / Doubting Thomas - Caravaggio, here. permalink load more comments (2 replies) [ ]welmoed 35 points 6 hours ago The Cathdral, by Rodin. http://endlessquestion.tumblr.com/image/50063498343 I saw this in Paris as a teenager more than 30 years ago, and I still remember w alking around it for a good half hour, just entranced by the two hands that were so close to touching, but forever apart. I bought a smaller replica years later and it has always bugged me that, in the replica, the fingers touch. permalink [ ]Sieborg 14 points 2 hours ago It's interesting that a single person can not make this position of two hands, t hat has to be two hands of two separate people.

Source: I tried. permalink parent [ ]raechellyn137 12 points 2 hours ago I think they're both right hands. That's why haha. permalink parent [ ]Sieborg 10 points 2 hours ago Well i don't have two right hands. No wonder i couldn't make it work. permalink parent [ ]Iddor 5 points 2 hours ago You're not trying hard enough. permalink parent [ ]littlebeanonwheels 5 points 2 hours ago You could probably buy a 3d printed one now that's closer in accuracy! permalink parent load more comments (1 reply) [ ]nionvox 28 points 3 hours ago Starry Night For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. - Vincent Van Gogh permalink [ ]AINT-NOBODY-STUDYING [score hidden] 45 minutes ago* I can't even look at this one without feeling extremely uncomfortable. To me, th at brown mountain-shaped figure to the left looks like the locks of hair of a fa lling woman. It's something I've notice ever since the first time I saw this pai nting. Perhaps she is committing suicide? I don't know, but the contrast between a beautiful starry night and such a grave figure sends chills down my spine eve ry time. permalink parent [ ]ferretss [score hidden] 14 minutes ago oh wow... cannot unsee. that makes it so much sadder.

permalink parent [ ]floatabegonia 4 points 1 hour ago I always thought it would fascinating to overhear a conversation between Van Gog h and Picasso. permalink parent [ ]nionvox 4 points 1 hour ago I think hearing Picasso talk to anyone would be hilarious. permalink parent [ ]floatabegonia 3 points 1 hour ago I'd love to know if Van Gogh actually saw all of those swirls and waves. permalink parent load more comments (2 replies) load more comments (3 replies) [ ]morgenstein 9 points 1 hour ago The Gates of Hell by Rodin has always been one of my favorites. Here it is permalink [ ]speedtracer 8 points 1 hour ago Knight, Death and the Devil by A. Durer, 1513 engraving. permalink [ ]TheRaevyn 27 points 4 hours ago Suicidal Ideation by George Grie I like it because it's full of symbols and every time I show it to someone, they give me a new interpretation of it that I hadn't seen before. I just wish I'd w ritten all of them down. It's the only picture I've ever paid to get an expensive print of, and had it sh ipped overseas. Oh also there's a face right in the middle of it and I didn't notice it for the longest time. permalink

[ ]Duchess_Archer 2 points 1 hour ago Where's the face, I've never seen this image before and now I feel I can't enjoy it until I've seen the face? permalink parent [ ]Skullcrusher [score hidden] 36 minutes ago There are 2 faces on each side of the walls. If you can't see it, the lips on ri ght face is between 6th and 7th block from the bottom. The eye is between balcon y and pipe things that come out of the wall. permalink parent load more comments (3 replies) [ ] 6 hours ago [ ]davidkones 2 points 6 hours ago Is someone peeing on it? permalink [ ]Hep_bee[S] 3 points 6 hours ago I believe that is Cupid's right wing permalink parent [ ]Dissent- 8 points 1 hour ago The End of the World (commonly known as The Great Day of His Wrath) by John Mart in (1851 - 1853) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_End_of_the_World_(painting) Most of his pieces are pretty amazing, check them out. permalink [ ]thegreendoooom 25 points 2 hours ago Saturn Devouring His Son The pure brutality of the scene is mesmerizing and unsettling. It was originally a mural on the wall of Goya's house, and it really communicates his insanity an d disillusionment that he had with the world in his old age. permalink [ ]spigotface 13 points 2 hours ago I'm surprised no one here has posted about any musical pieces. Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings

Close your eyes and listen to it the whole way through. I can guarantee you will be moved to tears by the end of it. There's a reason this song accompanies some immensely emotional and powerful scenes in movies. permalink [ ]Haruhi_Fujioka 2 points 2 hours ago I was about to write your last sentence almost exactly how you wrote it before I saw it. permalink parent [ ]Hep_bee[S] 2 points 2 hours ago I just did what you recommended. It felt like my chest was immensely heavy. Sorr ow, maybe? I had so much room for interpretation and imagination. I feel like I could make 10 different movie scenes using that song just based on my imaginatio n. Wow! Truly incredible. permalink parent [ ]ddukpd 2 points 1 hour ago I think it's a little overplayed at this point. Can music have emotional content on its own, or does the emotion of the piece only exist through our own interpr etation and memories associated with it? I think once a piece has been heard too many times, it loses its emotional association, especially since that emotional association was only suggested through movies and the like in the first place. permalink parent [ ]TJzzz 25 points 3 hours ago alot of stuff from /r/imaginarymonsters place is amazing http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0X8cyldV0c4/UQf43FPMfEI/AAAAAAAABHY/eYrWR2kEYIs/s1600/ Ryan_Lee_Until_I_Say_2012.jpg taken from top for a refference. permalink load more comments (2 replies) [ ]Br3wster 85 points 4 hours ago Ecce Homo by Elas Garca Martnez, as restored by Cecilia Gimnez permalink [ ]ponyo_sashimi 19 points 1 hour ago My favorite part is that she knew she fucked up. But still couldn't admit it sou nds she doubled down and asked that church for royalties when it started chargin g people to see it.

permalink parent [ ]dbx99 8 points 1 hour ago well to be fair, she got the correct number of eyes, nostrils, and mouths in tha t face. permalink parent [ ]OneoftheChosen 12 points 1 hour ago I had to look this up because I originally thought wow that's fucked up. But, sh e just wants some money to donate to charities for muscular atrophy because her son suffers from the condition. permalink parent load more comments (3 replies) load more comments (1 reply) [ ]KillerTom 5 points 4 hours ago Beethoven's Op. 13. Sonate pathetique. Yes. permalink load more comments (1 reply) [ ]Firebrat 6 points 2 hours ago Used to go to the Met back when I was in college and I would just stare at this painting for like an hour at a time and think about life. Ariadne by Giorgio de Chirico permalink [ ]HugeEgo_Sorry 5 points 1 hour ago La Libert guidant le peuple of Eugene Delacroix. permalink [ ]veloxthekrakenslayer 14 points 4 hours ago Neos City by Jordan Grimmer [1600x720] I don't know what it is about it, but I could look it this for hours. permalink [ ]wellunder9000 8 points 3 hours ago Does anybody else REALLY want to live inside paintings like this whenever they s ee them?

permalink parent load more comments (1 reply) [ ]Firebrat 2 points 1 hour ago Wow, thank's for this. This is really cool. permalink parent load more comments (2 replies) [ ]hippiedippie5991 17 points 6 hours ago All of Claude Monet's pieces are amazing. Looking through a large book of them w hile on a high dose of lsd is one of my fondest memories. permalink [ ]0de 13 points 3 hours ago His train in the snow is something else. permalink parent [ ]raechellyn137 5 points 2 hours ago I absolutely loooove impressionist paintings. They're my favorite! permalink parent [ ]insularis 9 points 5 hours ago Rothkos at the Tate. permalink [ ]barching 7 points 2 hours ago Rothko I used to hate Rothko. I've had the good fortune of traveling across Europe, going to museums, as well as visiting a good number in the States. And, at first, I hated is work. Maybe b ecause my first introduction was the Rothko Chapel in Houston; those paintings a re so dark, bleak, monolithic works and the space does no favors to someone seei ng them for the first time. The room is often arranged such that you assume you are to sit and experience them. But you shouldn't. I hated Rothko until I started reading about him and watching documentaries abou t. I hate that I had to do that, because my core beliefs tell me that I should n ever have to read anything to get something from a piece of art. But I'm so glad I did.

The best way to appreciate Rothko is to realize that he painted right up at the canvas. This seems like a "duh" statement, but it's so important. So, when you s ee a Rothko work, don't just stand back stare. Get as close as you can. As close as the museum will allow. Then, lean in a bit further. Let the canvas envelope your field of vision. It's the tension between fields of color. The tenuous ribbons of yellow, threate ning to disappear between hazy clouds of red and orange. The clouds pushing agai nst each other. Pushing against the edges of the canvas. Everything in tension, yet completely serene. It's beautiful. The best part is, at most museums, the majority of people just walk right by a R othko, giving you this one on one, personal experience. Don't let it go to waste. permalink parent [ ]floatabegonia 3 points 1 hour ago What a great description of Rothko's technique. permalink parent [ ]ThisIsNoodles 10 points 3 hours ago Breugel's Hunters in the Snow permalink [ ]Young_Stevie_Wonder 5 points 1 hour ago I'm high. But, I've never seen it discussed before: Does anyone else see a sort of motif of a fibonacci spiral in some of Breugel's pieces from the same time? permalink parent load more comments (1 reply) [ ]anditgoespop 13 points 5 hours ago I remember going to the Leopold Museum in Vienna and being transfixed by this se lf-portrait of Egon Schiele. permalink [ ]NoValidUserName 3 points 3 hours ago Here is a bunch of his work. permalink parent [ ]krokodilchik 5 points 3 hours ago Egon Schiele was a genius. I can't imagine how much more he could've done if he lived past 30....NSFW

permalink parent [ ]ARPATROXAL 6 points 5 hours ago Christians World http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Christinasworld.jpg permalink load more comments (1 reply) [ ]Russell_Crowe_Show 4 points 3 hours ago I know it's cliche, but A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by G eorge Seurat. It's at the Chicago Art Museum and we went there for a field trip when I was a little kid and I pretty much did the exact same thing as Cameron do es in Ferris Bueller before I ever saw the movie. The tour guide pointed out how it was made entirely of little dots and it mesmerized me. permalink load more comments (1 reply) [ ]TSpitty 5 points 2 hours ago Jean Baptiste Carpeaux's Ugolino and His Sons permalink [ ]basilei 5 points 2 hours ago Hope by G. F. Watts permalink load more comments (2 replies) [ ]maeby2nite 4 points 1 hour ago the Broken Bridge and the Dream by Salvador Dali. I found a print of this at a t hrift store for $10. permalink [ ]contramundi 4 points 1 hour ago Taking the phrase "completely mesmerizes" literally, Music for 18 Musicians by S teve Reich. permalink load more comments (1 reply) [ ]8888plasma 5 points 1 hour ago Basically anything by Bierstadt. Specifically, Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Also De Stijl stuff. I really like Mondrian's Composition in Red, Blue, and Yell ow. permalink [ ]Fanzellino [score hidden] 32 minutes ago There's this artist, Rhads, on DeviantArt and he has all these paintings of flyi ng whales and it makes me so- I don't know- paranostalgic maybe, for the world w here this stuff is. This one's my favorite,, but he has this, this, this, and this, and they're all amazing. permalink [ ]dummystupid 9 points 6 hours ago* I used to go to the Getty Museum in LA and stare at Van Gogh's Irises for hours. Even among other masters, it stood out as something I could not ignore or pass by. permalink load more comments (1 reply) [ ]TheBentLife 13 points 7 hours ago Anything by Alex Grey. His style is so beautiful, and everything he touches turn s into a masterpiece. This one is called Gaia, and it's one of my favorites. permalink [ ]Ragingwhirlpool 4 points 6 hours ago Is that a giant devil penis bug? permalink parent [ ]TheBentLife 7 points 6 hours ago Why yes, yes it is. They're native to Australia. permalink parent [ ]BlackCaaaaat 6 points 4 hours ago Can confirm. My cat dragged one in last night. I tried to flush it but the fucke r just won't go down. permalink parent load more comments (1 reply) [ ]Giggatron 3 points 3 hours ago seen em paint live, twice.

permalink parent load more comments (1 reply) [ ]Dabee625 8 points 5 hours ago The Holocaust Memorial in San Francisco. I really just can't describe it. Link L ink permalink [ ]Hep_bee[S] 2 points 5 hours ago That is extremely moving. What a sight. permalink parent [ ]FlabbergastedFool 3 points 3 hours ago Upon seeing the first link, I didn't notice the figures in the background. That second view. Wow. Thanks for sharing. permalink parent [ ]Kage_Mishima 9 points 5 hours ago Anything by Girodet. Lately I've been very interested by D'homme En Chasseur and his portrait of Jacq ues Cathelineau. permalink [ ]Shikaka79 4 points 4 hours ago Salvador Dali's "Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach" http://www.allposters.com.au/-sp/Apparition-of-a-Face-and-Fruit-Dish-on-a-Beachc-1938-posters_i328792_.htm Edit : Link permalink [ ]FlabbergastedFool 3 points 3 hours ago I love Dali. One of my favorites is Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man. permalink parent [ ]neoriply379 2 points 1 hour ago I do love the work of Dali, but to see it in motion is something truly amazing. To think this could've been completed and viewed by its creative directors decad

es ago if it wasn't for World War II. But, my God, is Destino a true piece of ar t. permalink parent load more comments (1 reply) load more comments (2 replies) [ ]FlabbergastedFool 4 points 3 hours ago Saint Sebastian by Tanzio Da Vallaro. I don't know why I found it so captivating when I saw it at the National Gallery of Art, but I just started crying. I was all alone, walking through the museum. Spending time with works that struck me, and this one really made me stop in aw e. It wasn't a featured work, it was just off on one of the walls. I've studied Art History a little bit, so I'm familiar with the basics. I'd never heard of th is one before, but it has stuck with me. permalink [ ]NurseOctopus 3 points 3 hours ago Just about anything by Cai Guo-Qiang permalink [ ]audio-blood 3 points 3 hours ago Gottfried Helnwein's works. More here. permalink [ ]Pure-Pessimism 3 points 1 hour ago I fucking love Norman Rockwell. permalink [ ]concludingreverie 3 points 1 hour ago Almost anything from Caspar David Friedrich. permalink [ ]Gro-Tsen [score hidden] 29 minutes ago Caspar David Friedrich Links for the lazy: The Tree of Crows, Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon, The Sea of Ice, Eldena Abbey Ruins, and of course his ber-famous Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog. permalink parent [ ]fuckilied 3 points 1 hour ago

Coronation of Napoleon I http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronation_of_Napoleon_I permalink [ ]Jommers 3 points 1 hour ago The wanderer above the sea of fog, as it just seems to capture for me the idea t hat life is full of opportunities, but also the unknown and as I am at the start of my career, I feel exactly like the wanderer, gazing down at it all. Any piec e of art where I can connect on such a level is going to be mesmerising for me. permalink [ ]WolfgangBoro 3 points 1 hour ago Liebestraum by Liszt It's the song I fell in love to. It literally means "Love D ream". There is so much relaxing chaos in it that it calms your mind and makes t his sickening euphoria in my stomach and oh man do I think of that one girl permalink [ ]EdibleBatteries 3 points 1 hour ago Night on the Dniepr by Arkhip Kuindzhi permalink [ ]tigerscars 5 points 7 hours ago The great wave off kanagawa. I love it so much. permalink [ ]the_internet_is_cool 5 points 6 hours ago Gerhard Richter's October 18, 1977 series of paintings. They are based on the de ath of several members of the left wing German terrorist/revolutionary group the Red Army Faction from the 1970s. On October 18, 1977, the bodies of three of th e head members of the group were found in their prison cells, officially called suicide, but most believe that they were murdered by German state police. permalink [ ]TMA-3 7 points 3 hours ago The Son of Man by Rene Magritte permalink [ ]travelinghobbit 4 points 2 hours ago I love everything by Magritte. The Promenades of Euclid is my favourite. I used to go to the museum it's at a lot when I was younger. I remember when I realized it was actually a tower and a street. I was about seven and my mind was blown. permalink parent [ ]mundungous 5 points 3 hours ago

Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion by Francis Bacon. It's ho rrific, sad and fascinating. Similarly, Study after Velzquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X. permalink [ ]brainbattery 3 points 2 hours ago Giger's original design for the chestburster in "Alien" was based on these studi es. I think you can see how. http://i.imgur.com/GkgBPQd.jpg permalink parent load more comments (2 replies) [ ]0de 9 points 3 hours ago This piece. Her protective stance and the look of sorrow(?), or some stroke of sadness, just makes this piece so gorgeous to me. permalink [ ]Umbrella_Man 6 points 4 hours ago Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 by Marcel Duchamp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nude_Descending_a_Staircase,_No._2 permalink load more comments (1 reply) [ ]BlackCaaaaat 6 points 3 hours ago MC Escher Eye, thus began my love affair with drawing eyes. And when you see it ... Bricks may be shat. permalink [ ]IdiotManChild 2 points 3 hours ago DUDE, spoilers... permalink parent [ ]Animalex 8 points 7 hours ago If I'm on the right drugs, Jackson Pollacks paintings. especially Autumn Rhythms Number 30 permalink [ ]ConfusedBuddhist 3 points 1 hour ago I don't know why you're getting downvoted, the dude was amazing. He's like stari

ng into a formless void of pure imagination: a visual reprenstation of a place w here nothing is concrete. Completely amazing. permalink parent load more comments (1 reply) [ ]BIG_IDEA 1 point 5 hours ago almost anything by alex grey permalink [ ]redvelvetcupcaek 3 points 4 hours ago Les Hasards Heureux de l'Escarpolette by Jean-Honor Fragonard. There's something about the rococo era that's just very whimsical. I like that there's a lot of ha ppiness in this style and also, I really like pastel colours, and there's defini tely a lot of pastel in this style. Music art: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D Minor. I always listen to the whole t hing, slack-jawed. permalink [ ]FlabbergastedFool 2 points 3 hours ago I enjoy rococo too, just because it really transports you to another world. This painting shows me a world of opulence and a sense of frivolity, with just a bit of cheekiness. It's fun! When I saw this featured in Frozen I got unreasonably excited. permalink parent [ ]justiceguy216 3 points 4 hours ago Love & Theft. Just when you think it's as amazing as it can get it blows your mi nd again. Then eases you back to reality with a serene ending. permalink [ ]NickelFish 3 points 4 hours ago Almost anything by George Tooker. He absolutely hated fluorescent lights and som etimes copied the effect in his paintings like 'Government Bureau'. permalink [ ]FlashpointJ24 3 points 3 hours ago The Son Of Man by Ren Magritte. It's the businessman with the green apple in fron t of his face. Loved it ever since I saw The Thomas Crown Affair remake. It's pr etty much the only painting I can just state at and ponder. What does the apple hide?... permalink [ ]JebusChristo 2 points 2 hours ago

Diego Rivera's Industry murals at the Detroit Institute of the Arts. permalink [ ]gotenks86 2 points 2 hours ago Anything with Caravaggio when he uses chiaroscuro. So good. permalink [ ]raechellyn137 2 points 2 hours ago The ceiling of the Berliner Dom. Oh my lanta. I'm from the US, and lived in Germ any for a month. I went there one day, and I couldn't stop staring. There was so much to absorb. I couldn't describe it to anyone, it was too massive. permalink [ ]AtlasPeabody 2 points 2 hours ago Anything by MrFlorey permalink [ ]sibonyves 2 points 2 hours ago Mozart piano concerto n23, adagio, i think Horowitz's performance is breathtaking as well permalink [ ]kumardi 2 points 1 hour ago most of Basquiat's work - there's an overwhelming sense of passion and pain, and scattered through is the soul of a heroin user and the world he sees around him . My favourite piece; Untitled (Skull) fun fact; many of his works are based off what he read in the Gray's Anatomy tex tbook that his mother gave him when he was just 11 years old permalink [ ]redditplsfuckyou 2 points 1 hour ago Not a piece, but a series of art. The Course of Empire by Thomas Cole. permalink [ ]N7Crazy 2 points 1 hour ago For some reason, the artwork for Radiohead's OK Computer has always fascinated m e - The clinical white and blue, fractured, discordant art with chopped up sente nces that look like they're taken from a schizophrenic bipolar self-help book, m ixed with the mundane out-of-place illustrations of public information signs and guides for some reason creates a very cold disconnected atmosphere which adds a completely new layer of nuances to the music itself.

http://imgur.com/a/pQW3H permalink [ ]floatabegonia 2 points 1 hour ago The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is breathtaking when you look up at it. permalink [ ]VertigaDM 2 points 1 hour ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlUR09yRHZU&feature=c4-overview&list=UUO7fujFV_M uxTM0TuZrnE6Q in HD. permalink [ ]WhiteQuill 2 points 1 hour ago* Hmm looking at what everyone posts here it's completely different from what I ha d in mind. Still gonna give it a shot :D I guess the one kind of art ( I don't e ven know if I'm saying this properly ) that takes me away is really this kind. W here it's kind of a futuristic dystopian/utopian city landscape or whatever pain ts that image. http://th02.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2013/347/5/f/dystopia_by_jo nasdero-d6xrvil.jpg permalink [ ]Madison2548 2 points 1 hour ago Red Mirror, Gerhard Richter is a German visual artist, regarded as the top-selli ng living artist. In October 2012, Richter's Abstraktes Bild set an auction reco rd price for a painting by a living artist at 21m ($34m). This was exceeded in Ma y 2013 when his 1968 piece Domplatz, Mailand (Cathedral square, Milan) sold for $37.1 million (24.4 million) in New York. But what caught our attention was this piece, "Mirror," which sold for $750,000. While we recognize the value of the ot her works by Gerhard Richter, it is difficult to understand the value of this, i sn't it? It's really just red paint in a slight gradient on a mirror. Perhaps th e collector who bought it just wanted to see themselves in a bit more color when looking in the mirror. permalink [ ]Rambolicious 2 points 1 hour ago The Wounded Angel is in my opinion the best piece of art and is one i could star e at for hours. permalink [ ]RedCometZaku 2 points 1 hour ago You might like /r/heavymind if you enjoy this kind of artwork. permalink [ ]BIOHAZARDB10 2 points 1 hour ago* well Audrey Kawasaki or Mark Ryden simply because of the apparent texture of the ir subjects. Everything looks so smooth and soft

permalink [ ]silvertide4 2 points 1 hour ago Sistine chapel's ceiling. And any piece by Michelangelo and Bernini. Borghese gallery in Rome and ufizzi gallery in Florence are my favorites. I spent hours and hours there. permalink [ ]Joshua78Ldp 2 points 1 hour ago Onement Vi, Abstract Art!!! Painting by New York abstract artist Barnett Newman sold for a record $43.8 million at Sotheby's in 2013. Onement Vi, a 8.5ft by 10f t dark blue canvas with Newman's distinctive "zip" running through the center, w as painted in 1953. It is the last of six pieces that the artist created for his Onement series. Four of the oil on canvas paintings are now owned by museums. g rr permalink load more comments (1 reply) [ ]fdesouche 2 points 1 hour ago Sylvie Guillem dancing the "Sacre du Printemps", by Maurice Bjart and music by Ma urice Ravel, does it every time for me. She is the most perfect and absolute dan cer. It is hypnotizing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rybdgpCWk5I permalink [ ]lepoulet 2 points 1 hour ago Giovanni Boldini's Madame Charles Max Not the most noteworthy painting, but she enchants me. On the screen, it's just a pretty little portrait. If you see the real thing, she's about life-size, and the sense of movement interrupted is completely masterful. You feel that, if you hold out your arms, she'll fall right into them. permalink [ ]neoriply379 2 points 1 hour ago As firmly rooted in the 80s and as "cheesy" as some find it, I find the simplici ty of Patrick Nagel's paintings to memorize me. For me, it was one of the first pieces that showed the female body as a work of beauty. The lack of color and fo cus on the intense gazes makes me want to stare into those eyes he painted for h ours. And it feels so bold in a way. A way that is better left in the 80s, but I 'm happy with what I got. permalink [ ]yaralikiz 2 points 1 hour ago David Hockney's collagese are amazing. I have to stare them like long times to b e able to understand exactly whats going on in the picture.

permalink [ ]JayGryph 2 points 1 hour ago Anything by Arthur Ganson. He makes mechanical sculptures, crafting all the little gears and cogs and such from wire. My favorite is Thinking Chair but for mind blowing Machine with Concrete takes the cake. It's an electric moto r running through gear reduction after gear reduction, reducing the motion down to the point that the end gear set is encased in a block of concrete. Where does the motion go? It's unreal to think that the motion has become torque great eno ugh to rotate the planet, but it will take a very very very large number, in the thousands, of years for that end gear set to make a rotation. permalink [ ]xAWolfAtTheDoor [score hidden] 53 minutes ago Christ of St John on the Cross by Salvador Dali - I saw it at the Kelvingrove in Glasgow a few years back and it was so captivating. http://imgur.com/3RCDowh permalink load more comments (1 reply) [ ]High0nLife [score hidden] 46 minutes ago Does Thought of You count? I just love how fluid the animation is, how it tells a story and how the charact ers aren't absolutely complete as sketches. permalink [ ]BlinkedAndMissedIt [score hidden] 33 minutes ago One of my favorite by Victor Nizovtsev: http://imgur.com/UwYaDOi permalink [ ]L4NGOS [score hidden] 27 minutes ago* Salvador Dali's Demon Bride and Auguste Rodin's The Thinker permalink [ ]detrimentalistt [score hidden] 24 minutes ago Janus by surrealist Ernst Fuchs permalink [ ]tayaravaknin [score hidden] 22 minutes ago

I can't believe no one has said Oath of the Horatii by Jacques-Louis David. This was painted during an extremely volatile time in France in the lead-up to the F rench Revolution, and the story it tells is incredible. A thousand words and mor e. Some basics I learned about it, in terms of some interpretations of it: The stor y was classical, relating back to the Romans. The father of the three men is han ding them swords, as they march to what is likely their death to settle a confli ct of war; however, the scene apparently isn't actually one that happened in sto ries (according to the Wiki, anyways). The way he uses lines to make a statement, and gets your eye to travel along the painting are incredible. I actually wrote a paper on it. Some of my favorite ti dbits: It was a royally commissioned painting, meant to show the importance of loya lty to the state. It ended up being a rallying painting for the French Revolution, as putting it on display encouraged acts of heroism against the "Old Regime", which was equ ated with the enemies of Rome at the time. The theme of grief the women portray coupled with the need for courage is in tentionally arranged in left-to-right fashion. Your eyes begin following the han ding of the swords to the sons, and then moves right to show the costs of war on ly after. All the lines point to a single-point perspective, with the focus on the swo rds, only intensifying your focus on the battle at hand Everything down to the lighting was planned, and meticulously lined. The att ention to detail is spectacular. It's my favorite painting by far, and I could study it for hours and still not k now everything. permalink [ ]groundedtheorist [score hidden] 17 minutes ago Ilya Repin's Ivan the Terrible Killing His Son - something about the eyes. permalink load more comments (1 reply) [ ]Captainpyongyang 3 points 1 hour ago Shadow of the Colossus permalink load more comments (95 replies) about blog about team source code

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