The Prophecy of the Popes, 1400s.

Selection of details from a 15th-century manuscript titled Vaticinia de Pontificibus depicting gloriously surreal portraits of various Popes in the midst of the prophecies relating to them. According to Wikipedia: The mystical series of prophecies, known from their incipit as the Genus nequam prophecies (“the origin of evil”), are derived from the Byzantine Leo Oracles, […]

Nikolai Arndt, the Chalk Guy is back.

When Russian-born artist Nikolaj Arndt is in a city, he doesn’t just walk on the hard pavement, he imagines what kinds of worlds could exist right beneath it. Using chalk and pigment, he brings his creative ideas to life, whether that means creating gaping holes with a rickety looking bridge or a winter wonderland where […]

John Lennon Wall in Prague.

Photo by WikiCommons | Copyright: Creative Commons Tucked away into a nondescript street away from the touristy hustle and bustle that usually pervades Prague, the Lennon Wall takes your breath away. Every inch of the wall has been filled with Lennon-inspired graffiti and Beatles song lyrics. It is a quiet, almost respectful space as visitors […]

The Refuge of Sinners.

Photo by Luca Argalia on Flickr | Copyright: Creative Commons Contributor: EricGrundhauser (Admin) Sitting just inside the tall mouth of an Italian mountain cave, the Temple of Valadier cuts a striking neo-classical silhouette against the rough hewn edges of the surrounding natural cave walls, looking like the temple itself was trying to seek refuge in […]

Rarely visited Countries of the World.

Niue: Number of Visitors: 7,000 Location: Niue is an island in the South Pacific Ocean. It sits nearly 1,500 miles from the coast of New Zealand. Montserrat (British Overseas Territory): Number of Visitors: 7,000 Location: Montserrat is part of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies. Kiribati: Number of Visitors: 6,000 Location: Kiribati is an […]

How did the Zebra get its Stripes?

Image: Richard Solis How did it happen? How’d the zebra get its stripes? Rudyard Kipling wrote, “a gray, horsey-looking beast went into “a great forest ‘sclusively full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly, patchy-batchy shadows,” stayed there awhile, and after a “long time”… got stripey”. See more via So This Is How They Do […]

Naughty Elephants at Play.

Ayutthaya, Thailand Tourists on a tuktuk (small 3 wheeled tourist bus) are sprayed with water by elephants during a preview of the Songkran Festival, also known as the water festival, at the world heritage park. Image Credit: Photograph by Sakchai Lalit/AP. See more Images via Best photos of the day: an election photocall and a […]

Italian Nuns First in Print, 1484.

The Nuns of San Jacopo di Ripoli Italian, active 1476-1484 “Incunabula,” from the Latin for “swaddling clothes,” are the earliest books printed in the West, specifically those dated before 1501. The first documented instance of women actually employed in printing comes from a manuscript kept at the Convent of San Jacopo di Ripoli in Florence. […]

Fashion by Edward Steichen.

English stage actress Mary Taylor, 1933 As chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair, Edward Steichen profoundly shaped the look of celebrity and fashion photography in the 1920s and 1930s.  Chanel cocktail dress, Vogue May 1926 He immortalized leading writers, artists, actors, dancers and politicians in striking portraits. Fashion photography was revolutionized when he began […]

The Art of Fedaeff.

Surrealistic paintings of women with unusual hairstyles or coverings. Inspiration can come from many sources—dreams, observing life, other painters or the esoteric creative seed randomly appearing at will. All these rich sources of influence provide Nick Fedaeff with elements that he valiantly translates to canvas. The slightly disorienting, the hallucinatory quality of a dream, the […]