August162013

odditiesoflife:

Modern Bestiary

Throughout the Middle Ages, enormously popular bestiaries presented descriptions of rare and unusual animals, typically paired with a moral or religious lesson. The real and the imaginary blended seamlessly in these books—at the time, the existence of a rhinoceros was as credible as a unicorn or dragon.

Although modern audiences scoff at the impossibility of mythological beasts, there remains an extraordinary willingness by the public to suspend skepticism and believe wild stories about nature.

Domenico Gnoli (1933-1970) is one of the most neglected illustrators of the 20th century. Born in Rome, Italy, he was an Italian artist, writer and stage designer. Gnoli was an imaginative, intense and technically gifted artist. He is best known for his books Orestes (The Art of Smiling), 1961 and Bestiario Moderno (Modern Bestiary), 1968.

In Modern Bestiary, Gnoli produced an incredible collection of pen and ink illustrations that are intricately detailed and nothing short of amazing. Looking like ‘pop art’, his animal creations look like strange but lovable household pets. Who wouldn’t want a flying cat or rhino-chicken?

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May52012
April52012

jtotheizzoe:

Vintage Space Travel Posters

From the genius (I think it’s safe to call him that) that brought us those awesome Star Wars travel posters, Steve Thomas, comes a collection of planetary vacation advertisements. Come to think of it, these may predate the Star Wars ones, but that’s not important right now.

Despite the scientific impossibility of the artwork (skiing on Pluto would be difficult with 8% of Earth’s gravity), they invite dreams of a manned era in solar system exploration that I think we can all support.

If you like Steve’s art, visit his store and purchase posters, iPhone cases or postcards of these works and many more.

September242011
September132011
The closest I feel to flying right now.

The closest I feel to flying right now.

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September92011
life:

They don’t say diamonds are a girls best friend for nothin’ — The iconic actress’ entire collection of sparkling jewels — including the 33.19-carat diamond (pictured) she got from Richard Burton — go up for sale at Christie’s in New York on December 13-14.
Sooo… get your wallets ready, right? Right. Or, just have a look  — Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewels

I will have those. Oh yes, I will. >:)

life:

They don’t say diamonds are a girls best friend for nothin’ — The iconic actress’ entire collection of sparkling jewels — including the 33.19-carat diamond (pictured) she got from Richard Burton — go up for sale at Christie’s in New York on December 13-14.

Sooo… get your wallets ready, right? Right. Or, just have a look  — Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewels

I will have those. Oh yes, I will. >:)

August242011
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