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
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.
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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.
The images were exhibited at the Pinpoint Gallery in Omotensando, Tokyo.
Swiss 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.
A nice selection of shots gathered in a series titled NEWLANDSCAPE.
If you want to discover Sébastien Staub’s work in more details and follow his daily projects, please visit his website or his Instagram.
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 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.
Travel along the Caminito del Rey and you really would put your life in peril.
Don’t look down, now…
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 to his works, paint dripping down the canvas to add balance to his extreme detail.
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.
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 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.