Auguste Rodin: The Crouching Woman

Auguste Rodin’s bronze sculpture Crouching Woman (Femme accroupie) in the Hirshhorn Museum, USA

The Crouching Woman is a bronze sculpture by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). It was modeled during the period 1882-1884, and enlarged during 1907-1911, and cast in 1962. The sculpture can be viewed in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, an art museum beside the National Mall, in Washington, D.C., the United States. According […]

Elizabeth Taylor: one of the most glamorous stars of all times

Elizabeth Taylor in the film ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, wallpaper

This wallpaper depicting the English-born American actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor is a derivative work made from an old studio publicity photo of her movie ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ (1958), which was originally published in the book ‘Hollywood Stars’ (Fog City Press, 2003). ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, directed by Richard Brooks and […]

The Sleeping Borghese Hermaphroditus

The Sleeping Borghese Hermaphroditus at Louvre museum, designed as free widescreen wallpaper

Cardinal Scipione Borghese loved this Hermaphrodite so much that he devoted a room for her/him in Villa Borghese, and called it the ‘Room of the Hermaphrodite’. What you see in the picture is the ‘Sleeping Hermaphroditus’, a second century AD Roman copy of the Greek original of the second century BC. In 1608, it was […]

Vancouver beach sand: free background image

Free background image for websites and blogs made of multi-colored gemstone-quality sand from beach in Vancouver

Have you seen a collection of unpolished or uncut gemstones of all varieties? Perhaps, the above question, or a look at the photograph here gives you the impression that the photo shows a collection of gemstones such as agate, amethysts, cat’s eye, diamonds, hematite, jasper, lapis lazuli, obsidian, pyrite, quartz, ruby, tourmaline and turquoise. Also, […]

El Greco: The Opening of the Fifth Seal

El Greco: The Opening of the Fifth Seal, or The Vision of Saint John

The oil painting ‘The Opening of the Fifth Seal’ (or ‘The Vision of Saint John’) created by the Spanish artist and architect El Greco (birth name Domenikos Theokópoulos, 1541-1614), is a landmark painting in the history of not only art, but also Cubism and Modern Art too. This large (dimensions 222.3 cm x 193 cm) […]

Paul Cezanne: The Large Bathers

Paul Cezanne: The Large Bathers, Les Grandes Baigneuses, 1906

The French artist and Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne’s large oil painting titled ‘The Bathers’ (also called The Big Bathers or The Large Bathers and in French ‘Les Grandes Baigneuses’) have many superlatives attributed to it. These include: ‘the largest of his ‘Bather’ series of paintings, one of the masterpieces of modern art, his finest work, […]

Yosemite Valley as seen from Tunnel View

Yosemite Valley as seen from Tunnel View - large landscape wallpaper

Tunnel View is a scenic viewing point on State Route 41, towards the east of the 1.3 km long Wawona Tunnel, a highway tunnel in Yosemite National Park, which is home to the Giant Sequoia groves. The park is located in east central California in the United States. Tunnel View is the first of a […]

William Bouguereau: The Wave (La Vague) 1896

William Bouguereau, oil painting The Wave (La Vague), 1896, free wallpaper

The French Academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) was a traditionalist whose photo-realistic style of paintings was a huge success among the rich art patrons of his times. William Bouguereau followed the traditional Academic style for his paintings. He prepared detailed studies and sketches of his models so that he could present the most accurate depiction […]

Lady Godiva, painting by John Collier

Lady Godiva (1898), oil on canvas painting by John Collier

Seen on the left is an oil painting, depicting a brave Anglo-Saxon noble woman who rode naked through the streets to mitigate the tax burden of the people of Coventry. It is the celebrated oil painting titled ‘Lady Godiva’ (1898) by the British writer and artist John Maler Collier (1850-1934). In modern times, her legend […]

Aurora Borealis glow above Bear Lake, Alaska

Aurora Borealis above Bear Lake, free widescreen wallpaper 1920 x 1200

The natural phenomenon known as aurora is a natural light display in the sky that occurs mainly in the ionosphere of the Polar Regions. Aurorae are caused by the collision of charged particles under the influence of the Earth’s magnetic field. An aurora (auroras or aurorae in plural) is normally visible at night, mostly around […]