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Sensual Baroque-Inspired Photography by Mariska Karto

Monday 10.07.2013 , Posted by

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Hailing from the Netherlands, this artist is bringing a resurgence of Baroque-style painting to her work. Instead of paint though, the artist uses her camera to create sensual and feminine images that echo the renaissance period. Her name is Mariska Karto and through her art she expresses the depths of her own mind and being. As an artist she brings all the elements of natural story telling into her photography and in the process creates a work that even the old masters could have admired. [Read more…]

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Heavenly Bodies: Bejeweled Roman Skeletons from Europe

Saturday 09.21.2013 , Posted by

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It’s a case of mistaken identity, but one that has bizarrely left skeletons across Europe adorned with masses of ornate jewels and gold. These macabre skeletons are part of a group taken from Roman catacombs in the seventeenth century and completely decorated with jewels by teams of nuns, mostly from German-speaking lands. Why go to such great lengths for the dead of another country? These dead, known as ‘the catacomb saints,’ were often mistakenly identified as early christian martyrs put to death by the Romans. [Read more…]

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Classic/Modern Fantasy Worlds to Explore

Thursday 05.16.2013 , Posted by

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In a world often obsessed with minimalism, Julie Heffernan gives us the fantastic gift of intricate masterpieces – in the form of surreal paintings that harken back to the masters of old. Her work, which is often influenced by the heavily ornamented and ornate Baroque period, is a collection of fanciful environments filled with carefully arranged elements from roses and temples, to skyscrapers and power lines. These later, modern elements of society are easily overlooked on first glance – the classic form and execution of the paintings taking precedence. On closer inspection (a must with these explorable works), we are treated to the realization that these paintings are far more recent than it first seemed. [Read more…]

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Baroque.me: An Interactive Look at Bach’s Prelude

Thursday 11.03.2011 , Posted by

The last time we mentioned Alexander Chen he had converted the New York subway map into an interactive stringed instrument. Continuing the musical theme, he’s now taken the iconic prelude to Bach’s Cello Suites No. 1 and made an interactive visualization you can mess around with until the tune’s completely “Baroque.” The orbiting dots pluck the strings, like a rotating music box. You can grab and throw the nodes off track using your pointer, then watch as they slowly regain their orbit and the tune its rhythm. See the video at the bottom or head to Baroque.me to play with history [Read more…]

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