Category Archives: Arts

Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot (October 5, 1713 – July 31, 1784) was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer. He was a prominent person during the Enlightenment and is best known for serving as co-founder and chief editor of and contributor to – the inspiration for Deskarati – the … Continue reading

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Titian

Renaissance artist Titian died on this day in 1576. Although he was arguably the leading Venetian painter for much of the 16th century, few confirmed examples of his early drawings survive. This pen and ink drawing was probably made between … Continue reading

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J.M.W. Turner

This excerpt is from a  documentary chronicling the rise of one of the greatest landscape painters of all time, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), who rendered the subtle effects of light and atmosphere in revolutionary ways. Other Turner related posts … Continue reading

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Photographer Converted a Box Trailer Into a Giant Mobile Camera obscura

Armed with the skills of a carpenter and obsessed with all things visual, Austin photographer Ian Kasnoff has created a mobile lab for his unique brand of artistic alchemy. His Trailer Camera was born in 2014, when Kasnoff decided to … Continue reading

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FEATURED ARTWORKS “THE FIGHTING TEMERAIRE” BY J M W TURNER 1838 IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON

This painting has been immensely popular with the ignorant, unlettered and uncultured members of the British public, as well as the rest, ever since it was first displayed in 1839. The artist, Turner would have altogether have approved of this. … Continue reading

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More Hidden Paintings in Books

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Embryo in the eye of a needle

Embryo in needle’s eye, by Yorkos Nikas

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ATP tattoo

ATP hummingbird moths Tattoo by Jessa Huebing-Reitinger Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) is an energy-bearing molecule found in all living cells. Formation of nucleic acids, transmission of nerve impulses, muscle contraction, and many other energy-consuming reactions of metabolism are made possible by … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – The Human Condition – René Magritte

The Human Condition (La condition humaine) generally refers to two similar oil on canvas paintings by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. One was completed in 1933 and is in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. … Continue reading

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The Problem with Voice Recognition……..

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The Ames room illusion

An Ames room is a distorted room that is used to create an optical illusion. Probably influenced by the writings of Hermann Helmholtz, it was invented by American ophthalmologist Adelbert Ames, Jr. in 1934, and constructed in the following year. … Continue reading

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Top Pre-Raphaelite houses

Dr James Fox presents his must-see Pre-Raphaelite houses to visit this summer; from Morris’ iconic Arts and Crafts house, crammed with murals by Dante Gabrielle Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones to an elaborate Victorian manor home to an impressive Pre-Raphaelite collection.

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Happy Sun

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Long Shot

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Featured Artworks – An Out-of-Doors Study – John Singer Sargent

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In the late 1880s, the American expatriate John Singer Sargent experimented with portrait compositions whose informality and naturalness stood in sharp contrast to his commissioned studio portraits of elegant society types. Inspired in part by the Impressionist works of his … Continue reading

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FEATURED ARTWORKS “A BAR AT THE FOLIES BERGERE” BY EDOUARD MANET, 1881, COURTAULD GALLERY, LONDON

Thanks to Alan Mason for this new post. Be sure to check out Alan’s other posts here.This is one of the most famous paintings of the nineteenth century French Impressionist movement, and I regard it as an old friend. In … Continue reading

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DNA confirms cause of 1665 London’s Great Plague

DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind London’s Great Plague. The plague of 1665-1666 was the last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Britain, killing nearly a quarter of London’s population.It’s taken a … Continue reading

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Deskarati Tech Art

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I have modified a few old masters and put them into a gallery of pictures with a juxtaposition of the old masters and some modern technology. Just looking at Vermeer’s beautiful ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring’ wearing a bluetooth earpiece excites … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Human Family – Maya Angelou

I note the obvious differences in the human family. Some of us are serious, some thrive on comedy. Some declare their lives are lived as true profundity, and others claim they really live the real reality. The variety of our … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Series of Self Portraits – William Utermohlen

When he learned in 1995 that he had Alzheimer’s disease, William Utermohlen, an American artist living in London, immediately began work on an ambitious series of self-portraits. The artist pursued this project over an eight-year period, adapting his style to … Continue reading

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