asylum-art:

 Crystal Opal Looks Like a Handheld Aquarium by Inna Gem

Crystals and gems are revered and collected for their physical beauty and monetary value and this Opal Butte crystal with contra luz color is no exception. The stunning gemstone, like many opals, features a varied spectrum of colors, but what separates it from the others is its spectacular visual effect. It looks like an underwater view of the ocean floor as light shines through it. There’s a surreal quality about the gemstone that looks like a pocket-sized aquarium 

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nitanahkohe:

Volcano Woman, Don Yeomans (Haida)
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fohk:

Kira O’Reilly
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tolteka:

Xochipilli represents the concept of enlightened understanding.The best way to do this is through study and observation, in the scientific tradition of our ancestors. Xochipilli is associated with flowers which is a metaphor for poetry, where truth and big ideas are summarized in words and song.  The art of poetry was the highest art form in Mexico Tenochtitlan and all over Anahuac.

Poetry was not just spoken, it was sung.

The idea was that “art made things divine”, and only the divine was true.

There were different kinds of poems, like war songs, moral, and philosophical works.

Nezahualcoyotl (“Fasting Coyote”) of Texcoco is considered a pre-eminent poet-ruler of the 15th century. One of his most famous works describes life as temporary - and beautiful - as flowers.

The theme of “flowers” was regularly used: to symbolize the temporary fragility and beauty of existence.

The poet Cuacuahtzin used this theme of flowers: “I crave flowers that will not perish in my hands! / Where might I find lovely flowers, lovely songs? / Such as I seek, Spring does not produce on earth;”

The Nahuatl expression for poetry was in xochitl, in cuicuatl (“flowers and song”).

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magrittee:

Rafal Olbinski
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andreirublyov:

Saviour of Golden Locks (c.1200)Unknown artist, Dormition Cathedral, Moscow 
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amare-habeo:

Josef Mánes (Czech, 1820 - 1871)
The Drowned, N/D
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zombienormal:

Csipkerózsa (Briar Roses), illustrated by Ferenc Helbing.
Via.
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labellefilleart:

February, Josef Maria Auchentaller
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Opaque  by  andbamnan