Paintings by Hilma af Klint (1862-1944)
Five years before Wassily Kandinsky (he of the book Concerning the Spiritual In Art, 1910), before Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich, before the images of Carl Jung and Rudolf Steiner—who dismissed her ideas as wrong—was this revolutionary artist and abstractionist, Hilma af Klint, possibly the first purely abstract painter to produced non-objective works in the early 1900s.
Hilma af Klint was influenced by contemporary spiritual movements, such as spiritism, theosophy and, later, anthroposophy. Her oeuvre builds on the awareness of a spiritual dimension of consciousness, an aspect that was being marginalised in an increasingly materialistic world. When she painted, she believed that a higher consciousness was speaking through her. In her astonishing works she combines geometric shapes and symbols with ornamentation. Her multifaceted imagery strives to give insights into the different dimensions of existence, where microcosm and macrocosm reflect one another.
2:35 am • 25 July 2014 • 459 notes
Behold the Burry Man of Queensferry, Scotland! He wears a suit of burdock burrs and makes the circuit of the town on the second Friday in August, receiving tipples along the way. More info here.
9:02 pm • 18 July 2014 • 21 notes
19th Century Oddfellows Eye of Providence Painted Silk Aprons
(Source: eriebasin, via aubreylstallard)
12:01 am • 13 July 2014 • 193 notes
Agate box in the shape of a lady’s head - London, circa 1760.
2:38 am • 10 July 2014 • 6,620 notes
Sagittal View of a Kiwano (Horned Melon)
2:31 am • 10 July 2014 • 4 notes
Hitchcock, Orra White, 1796-1863
Sectional drawing of crust of the earth, showing erupting volcanoes.
One of 61 drawings done by Orra White Hitchcock for use in Professor Edward Hitchcock’s classes on geology and natural history.
3:11 am • 9 July 2014 • 214 notes
Ex Velo B. Mariae V.
An 18th century reliquary with a piece of veil that is believed to have belonged to Mary.
3:05 am • 9 July 2014 • 124 notes
German luck chatelaine with 13 charms. C. 1870-1880
(Source: laurenjenae, via blondmisery)
3:03 am • 9 July 2014 • 7,124 notes
Haruo Nakajima and Momoko Kôchi on the set of Godzilla (Gojira), 1954 (via This Is Not Porn)
2:58 am • 9 July 2014 • 1,937 notes