Here is another splendid medieval study (similar to but more elegant than this one): St. Augustine in his study by Vittore Carpaccio (1502)
Of this painting, Henry James writes:
"This work is a pearl of sentiment, and I may add without being fantastic a ruby of colour. It unites the most masterly finish with a kind of universal largeness of feeling, and and he who has it well in his memory will never hear the name of Carpaccio without a throb of almost personal affection."
"Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life. Fate is what kicks you in the ass to make you do it."
Henry Miller (via devilduck)
Day 8 of the 2013 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar, one of 25 photos eventually. Globular cluster Messier 15 is located some 35,000 light-years away in the constellation of Pegasus (The Winged Horse). It is one of the oldest clusters known, with an age of around 12 billion years. Both very hot blue stars and cooler golden stars can be seen swarming together in the image, becoming more concentrated towards the cluster’s bright center. Messier 15 is one of the densest globular clusters known, with most of its mass concentrated at its core. (NASA, ESA)