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I just spent a lovely evening on Pinterest, traveling to distant lands and admiring the beauty and wonder of humanity’s vast cultural heritage.  I wandered through Greece, Italy, Hungary and England. 159 more words


The Philosophy of Plotinus: on Contemplation

But how are you to see into a virtuous Soul and know its loveliness? Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful: he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he makes this line lighter, this other purer, until a lovely face has grown upon his work. 3,250 more words


Homo Aestheticus

Art: ephemeral human perfection,

fueled by practice and whetted by taste,

petals blossomed from seeds of reflection,

a speech­–undelivered–scrawled in such haste!

And still, tales woven by the painter’s brush, 81 more words


A silhouette of the American cowboy

After watching The Good, the Bad and the Ugly earlier today, I’m in a western state of mind.

This gorgeous shot by John Partipilo just won a Feature Photography award from the Society of Professional Journalists.  78 more words


The Nostalgia of Romanticism

All three authors that I have studied in my last three posts have been able to paint picturesque and sublime scenes with their words, celebrating these Romantic aesthetics. 527 more words

Blog Summary #2 (4/17)
An intense proliferation of images characterises our everyday lives – a frenetic babble of advertising pop ups, news photographs, selfies, infographics, pornography, lol cats…
These representations play a significant role in the reproduction of ideological hegemony but rarely receive the level of critique and scrutiny they deserve. 78 more words