Saturday, March 31, 2012

Italian painter Amedeo Clemente Modigliani 1884-1920

"He died in Paris of tubercular meningitis exacerbated by poverty, 
 overwork and addiction to alcohol and narcotics."
He really was a tortured artist.

Frank Zappa 1940-1993

Sheik your kitty

Rock sculpture

Death by drowning

New York photographer Tom Lascell

Bocce Ball Garden

Portrait of a beautiful woman

I came across this portrait and was mesmerized by the beauty of the subject and the technique of the artist. As a little girl I thought this is what sophisticated women looked like, but as an adult, one finds out it was just an illusion. The artist has captured a Barbie doll on canvas.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Richat structure, Mauritania, Africa

This is a recent photo of a geologic formation in the Sahara Desert taken from the International Space Station 240 miles above the Earth.

Scientists say the origin of the circular structure is a mystery. It is 40 km in diameter.

Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers took the picture using a Nikon D2Xs camera. (

Rococo artist Jean-François de Troy 1679-1752

Moses Cast Into the Nile

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I love snuff
and all its accoutrement.

Up for auction: a bronze snuff bottle with watch and barometer mounts, circa 1890; 3 inches high; has an estimated value of $40,000 to $60,000. 

This is some high-end snuff stuff here:

Sunday, March 11, 2012

French realist Gustave Courbet 1819-1877

La belle Irlandaise (Portrait of Jo) 1866
Portrait of Joanna Hiffernan
 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

We all wear masks
every minute of every day.

You are never truly yourself
until you are alone.