Nouvelles de Saint-Pétersbourg.

scarymansion:

Robert Mapplethorpe 

Richard Wilson - A View of the Tiber with Rome in the Distance (detail).

plaisirdelire:

Nina Leen - Jean Patchett & Eileen Ford, New York City, 1948.

John Constable — Cloud Study, Early Morning, Looking East from Hampstead.

jackviolet:

One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.

These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.

Yeah.

They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.

These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.

And the metro is always this clean.

In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.

Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.

We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.

On such sunny, sad mornings I always feel in my bones that there is a chance yet of my not being excluded from Heaven, and that salvation may be granted to me despite the frozen mud and horror in my heart.
Vladimir Nabokov - Pale Fire

sollertias:

Mary Magdalene by Philippe de Champaigne (detail)

bienenkiste:

Maison Martin Margiela Héritage Fine Jewellery Collection

art-of-swords:

Kindjal Dagger

  • Dating: circa 1800
  • Culture: Caucasian
  • Measurements: overall length 55 cm

The dagger has a wide, straight, double-edged blade with deep, asymmetrical grooves, featuring golden decorations for the first part of the blade. At the forte there’s cartouche with inscriptions. The dagger has the typical grip with wooden grip scales featuring gold-inlaid iron mounts.

René Groebli -The Eye of Love

Mikhail Sokolov, “Danton” from Figures of the 1789 French Revolution (1930-1934)