Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)
Aristotle with a Bust of Homer
Oil on canvas
143.5 x 136.5 cm
In this imaginary portrait of Aristotle, the Greek philosopher rests his hand reflectively on a bust of Homer, the epic poet of an earlier age. A medallion depicting Alexander the Great, whom Aristotle tutored, hangs from the gold chain. This extravagant decoration must be an award for service and recalls the gold chains that princely patrons gave to Titian, Rubens, and Van Dyck. It is generally supposed that Aristotle is contemplating the worth of worldly success as opposed to spiritual values. The gestures of the hands, accentuated by the cascading sleeves, and the shadows playing over Aristotle’s brow and eyes support this interpretation.
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Jan Davidsz de Heem. Detail from Vase of Flowers, 1660.


The Garden of Earthly Delicacies

munchy details from Bosch’s nutritious masterpiece

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Magnolia wilsonii. (x).
This flower is represents strength and nobility. It comes from a tree that is very large and known for its grand magnificence. In Chinese art, the magnolia is used to symbolise feminine sweetness and beauty.


Peony from Japanese Meiji Era Sketchbook

Enjoy the view from my world…My Paisley World.
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Vase of Flowers and Conch Shell (detail), Anne Vallayer-Coster.
Opaque  by  andbamnan