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    Default Inspiring and Uplifting Art: a gift of grace

    “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci

    “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
    ― Thomas Merton , No Man Is an Island

    “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
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    A thread to share beautiful, inspiring, and uplifting art.
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    Primavera, Sandro Botticelli
    ca. 1482
    Tempra on panel
    80in x 124in
    Uffizi Gallery, Florence

    A short blog post about it here: http://pursuinghistory.blogspot.com/...primavera.html
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    Default Inspiring and Uplifting Art: a gift of grace

    Click this link to see this young girl's artwork, and prepare to be astonished. "God is her art teacher", she says.


    Here's Akiane's story.


    Akiane painted this portrait, which she called The Prince of Peace, when she was 8 (eight) years old.

    The painting was stolen, and all she has is a large photograph. Years later, she recreated a slightly different version of it.

    She describes how, as a little girl, she prayed the whole day before she painted it, to receive the inspiration for the image. This actually arrived in the form of an unexpected visitor to the doorstep, who had the same striking features.

    She explains that the painting reflects her personal recurrent memories of Jesus. When asked (frequently!) how on earth she did this when she was so young, she admits she has absolutely no idea. She just "did it".


    (Larger image: http://projectavalon.net/Akiane_and_...e_of_Peace.jpg)


    And here's Akiane, back when she painted this.

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    A couple of years ago, I visited the city of Ravenna, Italy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravenna). It served, for a time, as the capital of the Roman empire and is full of the most wonderful mosaics.

    Many of the ancient buildings have their ceilings and walls adorned with light-filled and luminous mosaic “paintings”. The effect is a little like being inside of a kaleidoscope.

    Here are two lovely examples of these extraordinary mosaics.

    Byzantine ceiling mosaic representing the night sky, 5th century CE. Galla Placidia Mausoleum, Ravenna, Italy:


    Byzantine ceiling mosaic (detail), 6th century CE. Archiepiscopal Chapel (Archbishop's Chapel), Ravenna, Italy:
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    Default Re: Inspiring and Uplifting Art: a gift of grace

    Thank you Cara. I have an especial love of mosaics and woven textiles. They are awe inspiring and true works of art.
    "The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone when we are uncool." From the movie "Almost Famous""l "Let yourself stand cool and composed before a million universes." Walt Whitman

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    i always liked the works of Jacques-Louis David.

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    A work by one of my favorite painters (I have many), Martin Johnson Heade. He painted this in 1871 during one of his journeys in the American tropics. Titled "Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds," It is now in the National Gallery of Art.

    "Lichen covers dead branches; moss drips from trees; and, a blue-gray mist veils the distant jungle. An opulent pink orchid with light-green stems and pods dominates the left foreground." On the right, two green-and-pink Brazilian Amethysts hover about a nest while a red-tailed Sappho Comet perches nearby.

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    I know, Maxfield Parrish, but I've always enjoyed his art. I can feel myself in the worlds these paintings create.


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    The Minoans were a Bronze Age civilisation settled on Crete and other Aegean islands. They created “massive building complexes, tools, stunning artwork, writing systems, and a massive network of trade.” (Wikipedia)

    Their palaces and buildings were decorated by richly coloured and graceful frescoes.

    I first read about their art in “Sociology, Religion and Grace”, by sociologist Arpad Szakolczai, who characterises their culture in this way:

    Quote This Minoan component emphasised the beauty of the world and radiant grace as the central value both in keeping society together and in channelling human energies into an uplifting direction, opposed to the descent into the unconscious forces of violence, greed and lust, combined with the rule of ice-cold rationality and a mentality of geometric legalism.
    And here are some of the Minoan frescoes:







    More frescoes, with some commentary here: http://antiquatedantiquarian.blogspo...-frescoes.html
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    The wonderful Dr. David Hawkins on how beautiful things enhance our life. Art, music, nature...
    The quantum field responds not to what we want; but to who we are being. Dr. Joe Dispenza

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    Bernini was an Italian sculptor of the Baroque era. His sculptures capture movement and myth, transformation and expression.

    Here is a short video about Apollo and Daphne, with a commentary explaining the myth and its expression by Bernini:
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    I spent a bit of time with this artist and helped-out in her studio for a while........ Here I am in action!

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    Her artworks have 3d elements and are then encased in resin.

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    https://www.kerrydarlington.co.uk


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    Fallingwater - Frank Lloyd Wright

    This video of the architecture is a bit dated but provides some interesting insight. The house dates back to 1935/1936!


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    Since he is quoted in the opening post, it seems appropriate to include him here.....

    There is currently an exhibition of some of the works of Leonardo da Vinci (and his school) at the Louvre in Paris. It is timed to coincide with the 500th anniversary of his death.

    Here’s a brief video tour of the exhibition:
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