indians light clay oil lamps, known as diyas or deepas, in celebration of the third day of diwali. known as the festival of lights, diwali, which begins this year on october 21 (a day earlier in south india), lasts for five days.
what originated as a festival to mark the last harvest of the year and seek the divine blessing of lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, has over the centuries become a national festival enjoyed by most indians regardless of faith. (consider that india is the second most populous muslim nation on the planet)
photos by (click pic) amit dave, ajay verma, arif ali, piyal adhikary, kevin frayer, altaf qadri, sanjeev gupta and shakil adil. the diyas in the first photo have been arranged to spell “happy diwali” in hindi.
O’Brien’s Tower, the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland by colin|whittaker
Ceilings in British Cathedrals (Canterbury, Oxford, York and Edinburgh) - Sept. 2014 (my photos)
Muker, North Yorkshire by tall-guy on Flickr.
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José Guadalupe Posada, 1852-1913
La Calavera Catrina (c. 1910-1913) | The Birth of Venus (1913) | La Calavera de Don Quijote (1905) | La Calavera de Don Folias y El Negrito (date unknown) | La Calavera Huertista (c. 1910)
Born to working-class parents of indigenous descent, Posada became one of Mexico’s greatest engravers and political satirists, and is considered by many to be the founder of modern Mexican art and aesthetics. He is best known for his calaveras, which he set in scenes of political satire. Posada’s artistic style and and expression for the political concerns of Mexico’s working classes greatly inspired the style of Diego Rivera, who later paid homage to Posada in his mural Dream of a Sunday Afternoon.
Alonso Sánchez Coello | Portrait of Archduchess Anne of Austria, Queen of Spain (detail) | 1571
Alessandro Allori, Camilla Martelli, detail, 16th century