Collection: In The Shadow of DragonMore Like This
In The Shadow of Dragons
"Is the time of daring deeds forgotten, and spent the fire of men? The bravery sheathed, the proud hearts withered? In the scorched trails of our foes’ fury, even wizards’ spells knelt and warriors’ will bent; yet Dawn’s struggle beneath the burning clouds, within the shadow of dragons, has won her the eastern sky. Shall battle drums thunder once more, and mithril–clad soldiers brave again the terrors of the skies?"
— HtBlack of theWrittenRevolution
Collection: Bosch Lampoonist or Serious Visionary?More Like This
Bosch: Lampoonist or Serious Visionary?
Creator of some of the most bizarre and frightening artwork in the history of art, scholars have long debated who exactly Hieronymus Bosch was and what was the meaning and purpose of his “over the top” grotesqueries (c. 1450—1500). His most famous work is the triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights. Panel One depicts Adam & Eve in Paradise. Panel Two depicts the earthly delights: nude bodies, exotic birds, bowls of fruit. Panel Three depicts Hell’s punishments for partaking of the delights. Centuries later, scholars debated whether he was a radical religious heretic or a satir
Art History Project: Magical RealismMagical Realism (or Magic Realism) is difficult to explain to those that have never read it, someone once told me that "it's something that you feel but can't really explain". Depending on who you ask you will hear a different interpretation of the genre, but that's part of the beauty behind it.More Like This
Magical realism is a genre of literature (although it can appear in visual arts too) that originated in Latin America somewhere in the middle of the XX century with several stories that settled the bases for it, such as "El Reino de Este Mundo" (The Kingdom of this World) by Alejo Carpentier (1949) and "Pedro Páramo" by Juan Rulfo (1955), but "Cien Años de Soledad" (One Hundred Years of Solitude) by Gabriel García Márquez (1967) is considered the most important novel of magical realism.
Magical realism is unique in that it stretches reality without breaking it, masterfully walking the fine line between reality and fiction. The things that happen in magical realism are not ma
Metaphysical Law + Order...More Like This
The scene: In a court exiting outside of time, His Honor Socrates presides of the hearing of a case against the philosopher Spinoza. Spinoza has been accused by the People of having generally bastardized the philosophical concept of God. The jury, which is comprised of Spinoza's peers (i.e. other philosophers, notably Leibniz, Hume, Kant, Berkeley, and Descartes), is currently in session.
DESCARTES: The man believes that God and the universe are one and the same. My primary objection to this inane idea is that it neglects altogether the problem of creation. Where to we come from. . .no. . .where does the universe come from, if not from God?
BERKELEY: Descartes, while I agree that Spinoza's philosophy is far from stomachable, you are also mistaken in your reasoning. Do not be so concerned with the origins of matter. Such beliefs will lead you into skepticism and thence atheism, in which case you w
Boldly Facing The FutureMore Like This
Artist Credit DanielaUhlig
Many of you have been in this community for a long time, but whether you’ve just joined or you’ve been a member since day one, this is your first impression of the new DeviantArt.
Change is not something that we take lightly, because it affects our collective identity. It was important for us to define who we are and what we’re made of at our core before we changed anything. We all have our own understanding of what that means, but the process of getting that core story down on paper took almost a year.
The result is “Bleed and Breed Art.” This is our center of gravity and our reason for getting out of bed in the morning.
It is the guide and the justification for everything, including our business partnerships, the development of the new app and the design of our new ide