renaissance-art:

Since its creation the Mona Lisa has an object of fascination to artists and audiences alike. Artists even began replicating the iconic painting within Leonardo da Vinci’s lifetime. Da Vinci himself considered it an attempt to paint perfection. Replicas and reinterpretations exist in the thousands and continue to this day as the Mona Lisa is not protected by any copyright laws

1. Leonardo da Vinci c. 1503-1505 

2. Known as the Mona Lisa del Prado c. 16th century

3. Known as the Oslo Copy c. 16th or 17th century

4. Known as the Walters Copy c. 16th Century

5. Known as the Hermitage Copy c. 16th century

6. Jean Ducayer c. 17th century

7. Corot c. 19th century

8. Sapeck c. 1883

9. Salvador Dali c. 1954

10. Graphic Nothing c. 21st century

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I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.

Roald Dahl (via lexestrex)

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darkryemag:

The DARK RYE Guide to (Pretty Much Western) Art History by Neal Pollack

Despite its exciting origins at the hands of terrified and superstitious French cave dwellers, and despite the fact that most artists are completely wackadoo, art history is pretty boring, not to mention long. We at Dark Rye can’t do much about the length, but we’d like to help take care of the boredom. Join us on this enlightening journey through the many ages of art, minus a couple of the duller ones like Mannerism and Neoclassicism. When you’re done, maybe you’ll swap out your old college Starry Night poster for something a little less clichéd…

CIVIL WAR FACTS -

How much hallowed ground has already been lost?

According to a study done by the U.S. Congress, fully 20 percent of the hallowed ground of the Civil War has already been destroyed forever, covered by roads, housing developments and other inappropriate development. Battlefields such as Chantilly and Salem Church in Virginia are just two examples of battlegrounds all but destroyed.

thecivilwarparlor:

How Quickly Are We Losing Key Civil War Battlefield Sites?

At current rates of development and due to rapidly increasing land prices, our nation loses approximately one acre of hallowed ground every hour. We calculate that the fate of the remaining unprotected ground will be determined within the next five to fifteen years, depending on its location.

Who owns that unprotected land?

In most cases, it is held by private landowners. Some families have owned battlefield properties since the War. Until it is officially preserved, that land can be sold to a developer or rezoned for development by government action literally at any moment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_Civil_War_battles

http://www.civilwar.org/aboutus/preservation-faqs.html

http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/10-facts-about-the-civil-war/

peterx-wendy:

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