Excuse the cliche, but there are undeniably some geniuses in the history of art who have produced the most truly breathtaking objects ever to have existed.

These are by no means universal, and are rightly subject to each and every person’s individual opinions. What causes this reaction of course varies; it can be the smallest detail, the broadest concept, the emotion or idea it triggers, the person you share it with … the list goes on.

Anyway, to while away a rainy day, here are a few of the works of art and architecture that I find particularly inspiring, I hope you enjoy them too:

The passion of Rodin’s The Kiss.

The intensity of gesture and impasto brushstrokes of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

Starry Night

The staggering photorealism of Luigi Benedicenti’s paintings.

The tangible flesh of Bernini’s sculpture of the The Rape of Proserpina.

The elevating character of the Andrea Pozzo’s ceiling frescoes in the Sant’Ignazio Church in Rome.

The thrilling design and stunning setting of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water.

Falling Water

The wistful nostalgia of Constable’s The Hay Wain.

The Haywain

The quietude of Turner’s Swiss watercolour, The Bay of Uri Above Brunnen.

The simplicity of Durer’s Turf of Grass.

The enigmatic context of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks.

The colossal embrace of the Pantheon in Rome.

Oh, and its just started snowing, even more excuse to don a onesie and have a self-indulgent evening looking up beautiful images and sunny places…

(Photos courtesy of Google Images).

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