18, ny / paintings, sculptures, and more
great art does not exist

lionofchaeronea:

Pygmalion and Galatea, Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo), 1529-30

jeannepompadour:

Icon with full-length portrait of St. Michael Detail of panel from the Pala d’Oro; 12th-13th century, Constantinople

littleraebird:

lisa—-celine:

heyfunniest:

Someone took a candid photo of a fight in Ukranian Parliament that is as well-composed as the best renaissance art.

this is so fucking good

the parthenon

weouthere2010:

Selected works of Hiroshi Nagai. He painted abstract depictions of 80s Miami mixed with 50s surf culture. Great art, but prints of his stuff are beyond difficult to find.

aubreylstallard:

Keith Haring

19thcenturyboyfriend:

Narcissus (1881), Gyula Benczúr

likeafieldmouse:

Oscar Wilde’s letter to an Oxford student on the uselessness of art:

My Dear Sir

Art is useless because its aim is simply to create a mood. It is not meant to instruct, or to influence action in any way. It is superbly sterile, and the note of its pleasure is sterility. If the contemplation of a work of art is followed by activity of any kind, the work is either of a very second-rate order, or the spectator has failed to realise the complete artistic impression. 

A work of art is useless as a flower is useless. A flower blossoms for its own joy. We gain a moment of joy by looking at it. That is all that is to be said about our relations to flowers. Of course man may sell the flower, and so make it useful to him, but this has nothing to do with the flower. It is not part of its essence. It is accidental. It is a misuse. All this is I fear very obscure. But the subject is a long one.

Truly yours,

Oscar Wilde

jonilover:

Le peignoir jaune, Armand Rassenfosse(1862-1934, Belgian)

versaillesadness:

Pavillon Amalienburg im Nymphenburg Schloßpark, München, Deutschland.