Posts Tagged ‘ Albrecht Dürer ’

Our Great Piece of Turf | 3 Quarks Daily

A painter of emperors and billionaires, Dürer nevertheless turned his attention and his talent to the humblest of sitters, a clump of earth with no fewer than nine different kinds of grasses and other plants growing from it. Everything about this watercolor, gouache and ink rendering is remarkable: its meticulous execution, the astonishing array of greens, the tangled roots peeking out beneath the surface, its homely essence captured in a notoriously difficult artistic technique. For Dürer, the time and effort spent on this lowly subject reflect his great appreciation of life at its most insignificant. – Brooks Riley

Source: Our Great Piece of Turf | 3 Quarks Daily

Alain de Botton in School of Life

Here is Albrecht Dürer, looking – as only children usually do – very closely at a clod of earth


The pioneers at making life feel longer in the way that counts are not dieticians, but artists. At its best, art is a tool that reminds us of how little we have fathomed and noticed. It re-introduces us to ordinary things and reopens our eyes to a latent beauty and interest in precisely those areas we had ceased to bother with. It helps us to recover some of the manic sensitivity we had as newborns.  – Alain de Botton

Source: How to lengthen your Life – The Book of LifeThe Book of Life

Man in the mirror: The Self Portrait by James Hall | New Statesman

Artemisia Gentileschi. Her Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting_selfport

Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting 1630s Oil on canvas, 96,5 x 73,7 cm Royal Collection, Windsor

Things that Quicken the Heart: Things with Wings



Nancy Loughlin

Things that Quicken the Heart: Things with Wings.