“Bunch of Violets and Fan”, 1872, Edouard Manet.
Joseph Mallord William Turner - Seascape with Storm Coming On (c.1840)
The Grand Entrance Hall at Blenheim Palace by Art Hakker Photography.
Details from Hans Holbein’s The Ambassadors
Ruffino Tamayo (1899-1991) - Les Musiciens (Los músicos), 1934, huile sur toile, 80 x 100 cm, Collection Cummis Catherwood. Saratoga Springs. N.Y
On the morning of Waterloo the Cuirassiers last reveille
by Elizabeth Thompson
Simone Martini c. 1333
She looks so pissed.
Alberto Pasini. Circassian Cavalry Awaiting Their Commanding Officer at the Door of a Byzantine Monument; Memory of the Orient. 1880.
Vasily Polenov (Russian 1844–1927), Getting cold. Autumn on the Oka River near Tarusa, 1893.
Cecilia Vargas (b.1957), Forest: In a Dream (n.d.), oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm. Via BBC.
Raphael c. 1512-1513
Sistine Madonna (detail)
Chefchaouen, a small town in northern Morocco, has a rich history, beautiful natural surroundings and wonderful architecture, but what it’s most famous for are the striking and vivid blue walls of many of the buildings in its “old town” sector, or medina.
The maze-like medina sector, like those of most of the other towns in the area, features white-washed buildings with a fusion of Spanish and Moorish architecture. The brilliantly blue walls, however, seem to be unique to Chefchaouen. They are said to have been introduced to the town by Jewish refugees in 1930, who considered blue to symbolize the sky and heaven. The color caught on, and now many also believe that the blue walls serve to repel mosquitoes as well (mosquitoes dislike clear and moving water).
Whatever the reason, the town’s blue walls attract visitors who love to wander the town’s narrow streets and snap some beautiful photos.