The Tarot Card Artistry Of Bonifacio Bembo

As some may believe, Tarot cards are not the result of new age mysticism and their usage can be traced back as far as the 1400s.  Their vibrant images of the Royal, Minor and Major Arcana are what a lot of people may recognize if not interested in them for spiritual reasons.  While these images, which come in many different themes with a multitude of renderings, may be colorful and intriguing, there may be none as beautiful as the ones pictured here. While today’s cards feature the 4 suits of Wands, Cups, Pentacles, and Swords, they were first titled as Coins, Cups, Sticks, and Swords.

Bonifacio Bembo (1420-1480), was a painter and miniaturist who was born in Brescia and was so delighted by the Tarot’s esoteric symbolism that he created his own version for Filippo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan, between 1442 and 1444.

Today’s decks are made up of 78 cards. Bembo’s deck consisting of 48 cards measuring approximately 7 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches are illustrated on gold and silver backgrounds. They are now part of the Pinacoteca di Brera collection.

Pictured below are some of the most beautiful and mysterious cards created by the early-Renaissance artist.

On the left, “Faith”; on the right, “Maid of Sticks”

On the left, “Horsewoman of Coins”; on the right, “Horsewoman of Sticks”


On the left, “Maid of Coins”; on the right, “Maid of Cups”


On the left, “The World”; on the right, “Horseman of Sticks”

On the left, “Knave of Swords”; on the right, “Knave of Coins”

On the left, “The Emperor”; on the right, “Time”


On the left, “King of Cups”; on the right, “Horseman of Swords”


On the left, “Death”; on the right, “The Magician”


On the left, “Doomsday”; on the right, “The Wheel of Fortune”


On the left, “Six of Coins”; on the right, “Two of Cups”


On the left, “Four of Cups”; on the right, “Six of Swords”


Whether or not you believe that someone can divine your future with a layout from a Tarot deck, I’m sure we can all agree that these cards are absolutely beautiful.

Photos via:
Isabetta
Atlante Dell Art

6 Of The Best Drum Solos Ever Listen UP

If you know anything about musicians you know that drummers are often considered the least valuable member of a group, and the jokes that follow their choice of instrument legendary. What’s the first thing a drummer says when he moves to LA? “Would you like fries with that sir?” What does a drummer use for contraception? His personality.
I myself have always been partial to guitarists, am married to one actually, but he was also a drummer. You can make all the jokes you’d like, but where would you be without a beat?

Here undeniably, are 6 of the best drum solos ever. Take a listen and see what you think, and of these 6 drummers, which would you choose as the best soloist? Leave us a comment and let us know!

John Bonham – Led Zeppelin – Moby Dick

Carl Palmer – Emerson,Lake & Palmer – Karn Evil 9

Jimmy Sullivan – Avenged Sevenfold – Beast and the Harlot

Ron Bushy – Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Mike Shrieve – Santana – Soul Sacrifice

Keith Moon – The Who – My Generation

Don’t forget to comment and let us know who you think out of these six is the best!

3D Sidewalk Art Is So Realistic

The 3D art is two-dimensional art and is often drawn on sidewalks or the sides of buildings, and creates amazingly lifelike images that will make you hesitant to step on for more reasons than not wanting to mar such marvelous artwork.

There are often festivals where these amazing artists to showcase their talents and talk shop with one another.

All of the street painters I’ve chosen here are not only sidewalk artists but paint and draw in other mediums as well.  The images below include work by the following artists:

Kurt Wenner Leon KeerJulian BeeverEdgar MüllerManfred StaderJoe HillNikolaj Arndt

Now for the art!

Nail Art Is All The Rage But Is It Art?

According to Job Hero, the following is the description of a Nail Technician’s job:

Nail Technicians shape and style people’s nails, providing manicures, pedicures, and other nail treatments. Also called Manicurists/Pedicurists, Nail Technicians usually work in salons and spas, though some are self-employed and work from home or travel to their customers.

I couldn’t find anything that described being a nail artist and while most nail artists are nail technicians there surely must be a line drawn between the two because it truly takes artistry to turn out some of the nail sets I’ve seen.

I realize that a lot of the art is simply a decal, but having the patience and eye to group all of the elements involved together shows the soul of an artist at the very least.

Take a look at these following examples I’ve chosen from a wee bit on the dark side and let us know in comments what you think!