Attractive Female Portraits By Natalia Ivanova That Show How Diverse And Beautiful Humans Are

Natalia Ivanova is a Paris-based Russian photographer and documentary filmmaker who started the Les origines de la beauté (The Ethnic Origins of Beauty) project back in 2012 (previously). In it, she photographs women from various ethnic groups around the globe, highlighting their uniqueness and beauty, and proving what a beautifully diverse world we live in.

Natalia writes that the aim of the project is to ” show the real scale of ethnocultural diversity in a full, systematic and creative way”, as well as to illustrate all distinctive ethnic groups out there. So far, the photographer and her team have took over 250 portraits of women from more than 110 different ethnic groups, and the project looks to be far from over. Continue reading

dmvA’s addition to a historic site in belgium features brickwork with ‘weeping mortar’

the brick monolith integrates external staircases, alleys, and patios, and introduces a new network of circulation throughout the condensed site.

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Look Inside the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries in a New 560-Page Photo Book by Massimo Listri

Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All photographs © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN

Portuguese photographer Massimo Listri has spent decades traversing the globe to document the spectacular architecture, sculptural elements, and furnishings of historic libraries. His new book, The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries, includes views inside such rarefied locations as the Palafoxiana Library in Pueblo, Mexico and the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris, France. Listri also includes descriptions and histories of each library. The 560-page tome is published by TASCHEN and available on Amazon and the TASCHEN website. Continue reading

The Story Behind the Sistine Chapel’s Stunning Ceiling by Michalangelo

Michelangelo Sistine Chapel Ceiling Sistine Chapel Painting Sistine Chapel Vatican

Michelangelo is known as one of the most prolific painters and sculptors in history. As a key figure of the High Renaissance, he is specifically celebrated for his ambitious approach to scale and his expertise on anatomy. While all of his masterworks convey his undeniable talent, his world-famous fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel stands above the rest.

Painted for the pope, the busy yet beautifully balanced composition depicts a range of religious iconography rendered in Michelangelo’s distinctive style, making it one of the most cherished masterpieces in the world. Continue reading