A Dance to the Music of Time, c.1634-36.

A Dance to the Music of Time, circa 1634-36, by Nicolas Poussin
Father Time plays his lyre and the seasons dance to his tune.
Poussin takes the theme of transience to elaborate allegorical heights in one of his most famous and quoted classical compositions.
One of the dancers is Bacchus, god of wine, whose harvest in autumn is an image of maturing and ripeness.
To the left of the dancers is a Roman herm that faces both ways, another mythological depiction of time. In the sky is the chariot of the sun god Apollo.
It is a bright day, and this is an optimistic and confident painting, for as the seasons trip by they bring different pleasures – such as autumn’s wine.
The circularity of it all is reassuring. The dancers are strong, and strongly connected. Life is an eternal cycle. This dance of time is timeless.•
At the Wallace Collection, London.
Source: Martin Creed breaks bread and Mat Collishaw reincarnates Elizabeth I – the week in art | Art and design | The Guardian

Hanging Out in the Dolomites.

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The International Highline Meeting in Monte Piana, near Misurina, Italy. Balazs Mohai/epa/Corbis
Festival goers talk about the emotional comedown after tent and wellies are packed away for another year, but at the Highline festival in the Italian Dolomites, it’s a more physical thing.
The festival celebrates the extreme sport of slacklining (not to be confused with tightrope-walking) and attendees (slackers) spend their time living – and sleeping – on ropes slung hundreds of metres up in the air.
More trivial pursuits include yoga, music jams and film screenings. It’s held in September.
via World view: the festival in the Italian Dolomites where it’s cool to just hang | Travel | The Guardian.

‘Faceless’ by Diego Bardone.

CaptureIn a world of celebrity injunctions and increasingly strict privacy laws, it can be difficult for street photographers to assert their creativity, argues Diego Bardone.

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Based in Milan, the 52-year-old has been documenting his home city for the past nine years.
For his recent project, “Faceless: An Ode to Privacy Laws”, Bardone built up a series of candid shots of strangers – their identities obscured – making for a poignant yet playful reflection on human identity.

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“Mine is a daily diary,” he says, “a tribute to those often unaware actors whom I have the good fortune to meet during my lonely walks in Milan.”
“It’s like I see myself in a sort of virtual mirror:
I’m every single one of them, they are my wandering cheerfulness becoming photography.”
Diego Bardone.
Source: Faceless: The street photography of Diego Bardone | Photography | Culture | The Independent

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo Da Vinci, Italy.

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Leonardo Da Vinci was, literally and figuratively, the ultimate Renaissance Man.
Famed as one of the greatest of all painters, he was also an inventor, scientist, architect and mathematician.
His famous illustration of Vitruvian Man, named after the Roman architect who inspired him, describes the ideal human proportions (note how the outstretched arms are as wide as the man is tall), which both men believed should influence the design of buildings.
It also shows his attempts to “square the circle” – drawing a circle and square of the same area.
Photograph: Corbis
Source: The beauty of maths – in pictures | The Man Who Knew Infinity | The Guardian

Urban Hijacking.

fra-biancoshock-street-art-13A new selection of creations between street art and urban hijacking by Italian artist Fra.Biancoshock, based in Milan, previously featured with “Fra.Biancoshock – Between Street Art and Hijackings“.
Some surprising creations thoughts to surprise and provoke reactions, between references to pop icons, urban reinterpretations and satirical installations… Brilliant!
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via Fra.Biancoshock – 18 new clever urban hijacking | Ufunk.net.