Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Georgian cloisonne enamel Minankari

Georgian cloisonne enamel Minankari

Icon made in the technique of Georgian cloisonne enamel Minankari

Georgian cloisonne enamel Minankari
Georgia is famous for its art of color and boundless energy. For many centuries it was amazing symbiosis of Georgian, European and Oriental influences. At the XIX century was the recovery and development of Georgian culture with the recreation of unique technology of the past and developing new. This happened with the famous jewelry – Georgian cloisonne enamel Minankari. This jewelry of amazing beauty hits with incredible subtlety of color solutions. Besides, the method itself remains unchanged for twelve centuries. And its cost is not less than jewelry made of precious metals and stones. Cloisonne – labor-intensive and complicated technique of enameling, not amenable to mechanization.
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Realistic Paper birds by Diana Beltran Herrera

Paper birds by Diana Beltran Herrera

Paper birds by Diana Beltran Herrera

Realistic Paper birds by Diana Beltran Herrera is a truly piece of art. Inspired by the filigree beauty of bird wings, their exquisite grace, Colombian paper artist Diana Beltran Herrera has created a collection of paper birds. The collection consists of more than 100 species of birds made from intricate hand-cut layers of painted paper. The bird sculptures, among them – pink flamingo, white crane, woodpecker, red heron, and many more, are startlingly realistic, and could be a good teaching material at schools. Her works are based on the photographs of real birds, which she first draws to get dimensions and details. The sketch and photograph help her in all the working process. She has been working over the past years with paper as the primary medium.
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French painter Achille Lauge

Bouquet de fleurs, 1913. Painting by French artist Achille Lauge

Bouquet de fleurs, 1913. Painting by French artist Achille Lauge

French painter Achille Lauge (August 29, 1861 – June 2, 1944) was neo-impressionist and pointillist. He was born into a peasant family who intended to become a pharmacist. Achille Lauge was a trainee in a city pharmacy while attended the Fine Arts school in Toulouse from 1876 to 1881. This is where he made ​​the acquaintance of French sculptors and painters Antoine Bourdelle, Henri Jean Guillaume Martin and Henri Marre. He remained in relationship with them all his life. In 1882, Achille Lauge came to Paris where he joined the National School of Fine Arts.
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Antique European embroidery art

Garden of Eden, last quarter of 16th century. England

Garden of Eden, last quarter of 16th century. England

The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibits a unique collection of Antique European embroidery art of 15-19 centuries. The most striking sample of antique embroidery art is “Garden of Eden”, made in the 16th century in England. This panel is decorated with small elements—fruits, flowers, and leaves, worked in tent stitch on canvas and then applied to the dark velvet foundation on which was worked the river in the Garden of Eden, the figures of Adam and Eve, and God the Father, in polychrome silk and metal threads. The garden is monumental, almost overwhelming the figures.
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The art of Spiral staircases

The Spiral Staircase

The Spiral Staircase

Most of these photos depict the design and the art of Spiral staircases with their hypnotizing forms. Spiral staircases are appreciated by architects and designers, stairs inspire artists and musicians, film directors and philosophers. Stairs are used as a symbol and a part of a religious ritual, they emphasize the importance of climbing. Equivalents to stairs are a golden thread, axis of the world, the world tree, the world mountain, rainbow, etc. Stairs cross three cosmic zones, linking the world of gods, humans, and the underworld. A staircase is connected with the vertical movement. Often the stairs set hierarchy of deities.
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Masterpiece of Topiary art

Masterpiece of Topiary art. Stunning work of topiary artists - green zoo

Stunning work of topiary artists – green zoo. Masterpiece of Topiary art

In fact, Topiary is a creative partnership of a human and mother nature. And the result of this complex but beautiful artistic process is a stunning living art. However, Masterpiece of Topiary art is available not only for professional artists and designers, but also for those among us with the green thumbs and the space to do it. Meanwhile, these fantastic green worlds begin with a steel frame covered with steel mesh. Next, this mesh is covered with sphagnum moss and soil (seeded with all sorts of plants). Underneath the mesh, a network of irrigation channels supply water to the plants on the surface, helping them grow.
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Doors as art

Balinese style doors with intricate carvings is a real piece of art

Balinese style doors with intricate carvings is a real piece of art

Metaphorically doors may refer to portals and other non-physical entrances. Opening doors has philosophical implications when after opening the door whether you leave it open or not. Death – is a door with one handle. They say there are no closed doors, locks are in our heads. Doors inspire artists, designers, craftsmen all over the world. So, let’s look at Doors as art.
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