#Inspiration: Seeking truth and beauty via Wikimedia Commons



It can be found in nature, and through the eyes of the artist or photographer. Through the miracle of the internet, I can find inspiration any time of the day or night, just by seeing what the picture of the day at Wikimedia Commons is. This was today’s gorgeous, surreal image: Sunset view from the back of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, photo by Diego Delso, Wikimedia Commons, License CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Stiftskirche_Herzogenburg_Deckenfresken_01Several days ago, the image of the day was architectural: The ceiling frescos in Herzogenburg Monastery Church (Lower Austria). The church was consecrated on October 2nd, 1785. This image was uploaded by an author who uploaded with the user name Uoaei1, but who has won many awards for his/her images.

Roosa_hommikuudu_Tolkuse_rabasThen there was this gorgeous photograph by Märt KoseMorning in Tolkuse bog, Luitemaa Nature Conservation Area, Pärnu County, Estonia.

Inspiration in breathtaking images, free of cost, available for anyone, rich or poor. Everyday, a new picture is chosen as the image of the day, and if you like the artist, you can check out more of his/her works as, I did Diego Delso:

Iglesia_de_San_Colmano,_Schwangau,_Alemania,_2015-02-15,_DD_15Winter landscape of St Coloman church (de), photographed by Diego Delso, and located in Schwangau, Bavaria, southern Germany. St Coloman church is of baroque style and was constructed, the way it is today, in the 17th century in honor to Saint Coloman, replacing a chapel of the 15th century. The Irish pilgrim is said to have taken a break at this spot in his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1012.

I can visualize the crusaders riding in this winter landscape. I would have stopped there too!

The imagination transforms the beauty around us, and we create “what ifs” via the written word or the canvas and paint. This is why I always find myself looking at paintings too, when I am visiting Wikimedia Commons. I leave you with two images of a palace, seen though the eyes of two different artists:


Panoramic View of the Nymphenburg Palace, Diego Delso, Wikimedia Commons, License CC-BY-SA 4.0

Nymphenburg, View From the Seaside painting by Joseph Wenglein 1883

Nymphenburg, View From the Seaside painting by Joseph Wenglein 1883 PD|100

The first is a photograph is the Panoramic View of the Nymphenburg Palace as seen through Diego Delso’s camera-eye and posted on Wikimedia Commons using the License CC-BY-SA 4.0. The painting below that is the palace as seen through the artist Joseph Wenglein‘s eye, A Seaside View of Nymphenburg Palace

Both images are the creations of artists using different mediums, both are of the same baroque palace in Munich, Bavaria (southern Germany). The palace is the main summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria of the House of Wittelsbach. It was designed by Agostino Barelli and constructed by order of Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaide of Savoy in 1664. Famous for its symmetry and extravagant beauty, the palace was expanded and redesigned several times until the last modifications in 1826.

More than 125 years separate their visions, but I am connected with and inspired by both artists because I, a middle-class woman in a rural town, can view and admire their work.

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One response to “#Inspiration: Seeking truth and beauty via Wikimedia Commons

  1. The truth about beauty is that it is in the eye of the beholder–except blind people.