The Caminito del Rey Pathway.

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 Welcome to Spain’s Caminito del Rey, quite possibly the most dangerous pathway in the world. Image Credit: Flickr User […]

Anatomical Renderings by Paci.

Taking 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 […]

No Wall off Limits to Martyn Reed in Norway.

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. It’s not […]

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

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 […]

The Martyrdom of Marat.

Saint or sinner? The Death of Marat (1754) by Jacques-Louis David. Photograph: Universal History Archive/Getty Images 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 […]

Grotesque Flemish Mask Designs circa 1555.

Flemish Mask Designs in the Grotesque Style (1555) A selection of stunning mask designs from the hand of Flemish engraver Frans Huys, rooted in the “grotesque” style and composed of shapes inspired from creaturely and vegetative forms (forming a style that would later become known as “auricular”). Huys apparently based these prints on original designs […]

Is Polveglia Haunted?

A quarantine station, a dumping ground for plague victims, more recently a mental hospital — the tiny island of Poveglia in the Venice Lagoon has served many unpleasant purposes over the years, but today it stands empty, a crumbling collection of abandoned buildings and weeds run riot just two miles from the glittering palaces of […]

Goussainville-Vieux Pays.

All images by TiBo. Just 12 miles north of central Paris lies one of the world’s most fascinating and tragic ghost towns. Wandering into the picturesque farming village of Goussainville-Vieux Pays is like stepping back in time. Virtually abandoned for over 40 years, the end effectively came for the pretty Parisian suburb when the cutting-edge […]

The Forgotten Chateau in the Ardennes.

All images by Tom Blackwell – Lucid Dreams This isn’t the first time Urban Ghosts has featured the forgotten Chateau de Noisy, venturing beyond the foreboding Gothic facade to scenes of dereliction and decay within. But this haunting series of photographs by urban explorer Tom Blackwell beautifully captures the atmosphere of the abandoned building in […]

The Dark Side of Romulus and Remus.

The childhood of Romulus and Remus. Gregorio Lazzarini (1655—1730). Oil on canvas. Early 1700s. Saint-Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum. Romulus and Remus were born to the vestal virgin Rhea Silva after she’d been seduced, some say raped, by Mars. At their birth they were immediately sentenced to death by their great-uncle Amulius, who had previously […]