Iceland is the best place in the World to be Female.

‘At the end of 2017, Iceland got its second female prime minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir, a 41-year-old with three young sons.’
Image Credit: Photograph: Birgir Thor Hardarson/EPA
On 24 October 1975, the women of Iceland refused to show up for work. They refused to cook, clean or look after their children. Basically, they went on strike. And that day, the shops in Iceland ran out of the only convenience food available at the time: sausages.
Call it symbolism, but by going on strike the women of Iceland were calling for men to respect their work and demanding equal pay.
This week Iceland became the first country in the world to make companies prove they are not paying women less than men for the same work. Employers are rushing to comply with the new rules to avoid fines.
Companies and government agencies with more than 25 staff must obtain government certification of their equal pay policies.
On the ‘women’s day off’, as it’s known, 90% of women stopped work and refused to do any household chores
Iceland has long been deemed the best place in the world to be a woman.
For the past nine years, the country has topped the World Economic Forum’s gender equality index; the UK comes in at 15th.
In Iceland men get at least three months’ paternity leave, and 90% of them take it. This gives them time to become comfortable with child-rearing, encouraging them to share the workload with their partners.
Women in Iceland are highly educated, a high percentage hold managerial positions and they don’t give up their careers to have children: they do both. 
via Once more, Iceland has shown it is the best place in the world to be female | Sif Sigmarsdóttir | Opinion | The Guardian

The Adoration of the Kings, 1510-15.

Photograph: National Gallery, London
The Adoration of the Kings – Jan Gossaerts (1510-15)
This colourful Christmas tree decoration of an altarpiece was painted for an abbey near Brussels and is evidently not intended to be ascetic.
The Magi who journeyed from the east to give gifts to the newborn Messiah gave wealthy people in Renaissance Europe reason to hope their riches made them virtuous.
Contrary to the early Christian message that it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter heaven, Gossaerts gratifies the rich by showing how they can use their treasures to adore Christ.
The superb deep blue of the sky, the reddish ruins in which Christ has been born and the green, pink, blue and gold robes of angels and mortals all add to a chromatic carol of joy and jubilation.•
National Gallery, London
Source: Kid-friendly pirates and the sublime side of Anselm Kiefer – the week in art | Art and design | The Guardian

Daffodils On the Slopes Of Mount Golica.

Image Credit: Photograph by​ Aleš Krivec
One of the most known facts about my hometown Jesenice is, that in May the northern slopes above the town get covered in a white blanket of daffodils (Narcissus poeticus).
So one morning I drove up the mountain road to the foothills of Mount Mala Golica.
It’s only a 15 minutes hike from there to get to the meadow which is fully covered with daffodils.
A lot of people mistakenly thinks the daffodils are at Mount Golica. But that is not the case as Mount Golica has two peaks and daffodils can be found on the slopes of the lower peak (Mala Golica).
As you can see from the image above the slopes turn almost completely white and it’s truly an amazing, almost otherworldly sight to see.
More info: dreamypixel.com
Source: I Photographed Daffodils On The Slopes Of Mt. Golica | Bored Panda

Underwater Scenes of Giordano.

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Neko Dream is a series of acrylic paintings on wood board by illustration artist Philip Giordano.
The surreal scenes feature dreamlike characters in the setting of an underwater forest, enjoying a cup of tea and one another’s company.
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The images were exhibited at the Pinpoint Gallery in Omotensando, Tokyo.
You can see more of Giordano’s work over on his Behance profile.453dead14ea63afb511d231960bfb5786985d708_660
via Surreal underwater scenes beautifully illustrated | Creative Boom.

Poetic Landscapes of Switzerland.

poetic-new-landscape-photography-by-sebastien-staub-0-900x503Swiss photographer Sébastien Staub continues to fill us with enthusiasm with his pictures full of poetry and sweet lights.
He therefore depicts the breathtaking beauty of the mountains that he sees almost every day in Switzerland.

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A nice selection of shots gathered in a series titled NEWLANDSCAPE.

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If you want to discover Sébastien Staub’s work in more details and follow his daily projects, please visit his website or his Instagram.
Source: Poetic New Landscape Photography by Sébastien Staub – Fubiz Media

The Caminito del Rey Pathway.

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At first glance many might think I might like to have a go at doing that.
Then you look down. For most people, might like quickly turns in to would never, ever in a million years

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Welcome to Spain’s Caminito del Rey, quite possibly the most dangerous pathway in the world.
Image Credit: Flickr User Kozzmen
There are some places in this world to which even the locals say you would be mad to venture.
Sometimes this can be dismissed as exaggeration or hyperbole designed to encourage the traveler to go and take a look.
In this case they are absolutely, one hundred percent correct.

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Travel along the Caminito del Rey and you really would put your life in peril.
Don’t look down, now…
Source: Caminito del Rey: The Most Dangerous Pathway in the World? ~ Kuriositas

Anatomical Renderings by Paci.

nunzio-paci-48Taking the analogy comparing blood vessels and tree branches literally, Nunzio Paci (previously) creates oil and graphite paintings that connect humans back to nature.
Paci’s works look almost straight from a medical textbook except for one flaw—the trees and animals that sprout from his subjects’ mouths, chests, and necks.
Paci ultimately takes a painterly approach to his works, paint dripping down the canvas to add balance to his extreme detail.
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Paci’s practice centers on the relationship between man and nature, especially focusing on the visual overlap of our intrinsic and extrinsic systems.
The beautiful and minimally colored works could be interpreted as extremely morbid—Paci showing us our ultimate fate when nature takes over.
Paci lives and works in Italy.
via Birds and Fauna Sprout From Nunzio Paci’s New Graphite and Oil Anatomical Renderings | Colossal.

No Wall off Limits to Martyn Reed in Norway.

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Martyn Reed is sitting in his office overlooking the harbour in the Norwegian city of Stavanger.
He’s a long way from his Yorkshire roots and his home city of Leeds, but he has never felt more at home in this oil-rich rainy city of some 120,000 souls in the country’s third largest conurbation.

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It’s not the likeliest location for someone who is art mad, but for the past 14 years Reed has been involved in, and has run, what is now known as the Nuart festival where the city is opened up to one of the biggest street art and music festivals in the world.
It seems no wall is off limits.
In the past the control tower at the airport has been hit and this year an oil tanker supply boat was painted by Polish artist M-City.

Read on via Urban Art’s Northern Star | Jo Brooks.

“The Resurrection” by Piero della Francesca, 15th Century.

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The Resurrection by Piero della Francesca, a fresco judged by Aldous Huxley to be “the best picture in the world,” is receiving a much-needed restoration.
A team from Florence’s conservation institute the Opificio delle Pietre Dure will spend a projected 18 months in the Upper Tiber Valley town of Sansepolcro, Tuscany, restoring the 15th century masterpiece and they will do it in plain view of the public thanks to a custom scaffolding bridge that will leave the painting visible while experts work on it.
Piero della Francesca (1420?-1492) was one of the great artists of the early Italian Renaissance, Piero della Francesca painted religious works that are marked by their simple serenity and clarity.
He was also interested in geometry and mathematics and was known for his contributions in these fields.
Although the date and place of Piero della Francesca’s birth are not definite, it seems likely that he was born in about 1420 in Sansepolcro, Italy.
His father was a well-to-do tanner and shoemaker, and Piero’s varied accomplishments indicate that he received a good education. He probably studied painting with one of several skilled artists of the Sienese school who lived in Sansepolcro.
By 1439 Piero was working with Domenico Veneziano on frescoes for the hospital of Santa Maria Nuova in Florence.
His experience and contacts in Florence, where he would have seen the works of such sculptors, artists, and architects as Donatello, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, and Fra Angelico, had a profound influence on Piero’s style.
Piero was skilled in perspective, and his paintings are also known for the care with which he rendered the landscapes that provide the backgrounds for his figures. Throughout his life he maintained his ties with Sansepolcro, but he traveled widely. (via WebMuseum).
Read further via The History Blog » Blog Archive » View restoration of della Francesca’s Resurrection by app.

The Martyrdom of Marat.

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For the painter Jacques-Louis David, who actively supported and participated in the most radical acts of the French Revolution, the death of one of its most eloquent enthusiasts, Marat, was an unforgivable murder.
In fact, Marat was knee-deep in violence.
He passionately advocated executing aristocrats and moderates to save the Revolution from supposed enemies.
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David’s painting crushes such ambiguities with one of art’s great images of secular martyrdom.
In painting the horror of the crime scene, he turns Marat into a revolutionary saint.
via The top 10 crime scenes in art | Artanddesign | The Guardian.