The Duomo & Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Wonders of the World – Leaning Tower of Pisa   “The Leaning Tower of Pisa has to be in the top 100 iconic sights in the world. Even if the Tower did not lean the ensemble of buildings in the Duomo square would still be spectacular. The tilting the tower has caught everybody’s imagination and so powerful is its effect, that I am surprised that tilted buildings have not been built on purpose to attract tourists. The leaning Tower of Pisa remains one of my favourite places. At sunrise it is incredible to have the building to yourself and to be able to examine itRead More →

Image of the Coloseum, Rome

“One of the great iconic buildings of Rome and the Roman Empire is the Colosseum. Youngsters thrill to the idea of Christians being fed to the Lions in the Colosseum and Russell Crow battling it out there as a Gladiator!! Hollywood fantasy apart the Colosseum hosted some of the most blood thirsty and spectacular entertainments devised by man. Apart from exotic animals from Africa the Colosseum was also flooded to recreate sea battles. The Colosseum is still one of the greatest attractions in Rome for all the right and wrong reasons. I hope you enjoy my photos”. Paul Williams See more of our images ofRead More →

Image of The ruins of the Gothic Fountains Abbey North Yorkshire, England

Wonders of the World – Fountains Abbey, England.   When the great Lords and Ladies of Britain went on the Italian Grand Tour they were captivated by the enigmatic Roman ruins in Rome and the rest of Italy. On their return the Lords and Ladies started building ruins in their English landscape gardens to create enigmatic vistas of their own. Some Lords were lucky though as they has real ruins to build their gardens around. This is how Fountains Abbey became the show piece of Studley Royal Water Garden. So important is the design of this garden that it is a World Heritage Site. SoRead More →

Photo image of the Palatine Chapel Capella-Palatina Palermo

‘Tucked away in the Norman Palace of Palermo is one of the worlds most beautiful chapels. The Palatine Chapel with its gleaming gold interior is overwhelming in its magnificence. It was built as the personal chapel of the Norman Kings of Sicily who created the greatest court in Europe in the middle ages. The Palatine Chapel is a blend of Roman Byzantine and Islamic art brought together in a political statement of harmony that existed for a short period in Sicily when it was ruled by Kings who spoke French, Latin and Arabic. I hope you enjoy the fascinating story of the Palatine Chapel andRead More →

Picture of Neo-Hittite orthostat describing the legend of Gilgamesh from Karkamis,, Turkey. Ancora Archaeological Museum. Symetrical mythological Scene depicting "Winged Griffin Demons", half men with birds heads & wings. Their hands are raised above their heads supposidly carrying the sky. 3

“One of my favourite art styles of the ancient world is that of the Hittites. The ancient Hittites disappeared from the archaeological record and were only rediscovered in the late 18th century. Hittite relief panels depict the myriad of Gods and mythical beings they venerated and the creative minds of the Hittite artists produced strange beings using a simple naive style that is both direct and endearing to modern eyes. I really hope you enjoy my photos of Hittie art, probably the largest collection on the web”, Paul Williams. See More of Our Photos of Hittite Art Download Hittite Art Photos or Buy Prints DownloadRead More →

Greek Orthodox Monastery of All Saints Varlaam, Meteora Mountains - Greece

“The Meteora Monasteries perched high on pillars of rock in the centre of Greece are one of the top landmark sites in Europe. The medieval Greek Orthodox Monasteries demonstrate how far Christian were prepared to go in search of tranquility to pesue their devotions t God. An incredible site at dawn or dusk I hope you enjoy my Meteora Photos”, Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of the Meteora Monasteries, Greece Download Meteora Monasteries Photos or Buy Prints Download pictures & Images of Greece Beautiful Art Photos of Hadrians Villa Tivoli, Italy At the northwest edge of the fertile Plain of Thessaly inRead More →

Gothic painted Panel Altarpiece of Saint Vincent by Master of Estopanya. Tempera and gold leaf on wood. Circa 1350-1370. 199 x 255 x 10 cm. Comes from Estopanyà (Baixa Ribagorça, Huesca).. National Museum of Catalan Art, Barcelona, Spain, inv no: 003940-CJT

“One of the greatest collection of Gothic art can be found in the National Museum of Catalan Art in Barcelona. The collection focuses on Catalan Gothic art and comprises wonderful tryptic panels, Gothic sculptures and Gothic paintings. An incredible collection and I hope you enjoy my photos”, Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of Villa Adriana Tivoli Download Gothic art Photos or Buy Prints Download pictures & Images of Gothic Art and Historic Buildings Download pictures & Images of Medieval Art Photos of the Gothic Art of The Catalan Art Museum Barcelona One of the most spectacular and important collections of Gothic artRead More →

Chaldean Assyrian relief sculpture slab from the northwest palace of King Ashurnasirpal II of a Genie standing. 881-859 B.C form Nimrud or Ni=mrut ( Kalhu or Kalah). Istanbul Archaeological exhibit Inv. No. 5.

“One of the most recognisable bas relief sculpture styles of the ancient world was produced by the Assyrians. The Assyrian panels were designed to intimidate and exclaim the power and glory of the Assyrian rulers and their success at subjugating their enemies. Envoys and vassal kings coming to pay homage at the great Assyrian palaces would be left in no doubt, as they passed the panels on to way to prostrate themselves at the foot of the Assyrian ruler, that to cross the Assyrians would lead to their destruction. Hope you enjoy my Assyrian panel photos “, Paul Williams.   See More of Our PhotosRead More →

Interior of The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) or Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey. Built from 1609 to 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I the interior is decorated with Iznik tiles.

‘One of the greatest architectural decorative forms is the Arabesque. Arab mathematicians created incredibly intricate designs in plaster, tiles, and wood to decorate their palaces. Based on Islamic ideas theological ideas that banned representations of God, Islamic designers glorified God by producing intricate designs that demonstrated the eternal depths of Gods being. To this end this gallery of photos is dedicated to the great Islamic craftsmen, I hope you enjoy the photos.’ Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of Villa Adriana Tivoli Download Arabesque Architecture Photos or Buy Prints Download pictures & Images of Islamic Art and Architecture Beautiful Art Photos of ArabesqueRead More →

Photo of statue head of Antiochus I - Mount Memrut - Turkey

“One of the most spectacular mausoleums of the ancient world is 6000 ft up on the top of Mount Nemrut in Turkey. The top of the mountain was sliced off and the mausoleum of Antiochus I Theos of Commagene was built and covered with a loose stones that form a gigantic protective pyramid that caps the peak. To get up at dawn and see the sun rise on ancient statue heads high above the glistening Euphrates river below is a life changing experience. I hope you enjoy my photos”, Paul Williams. See More of Our Photos of Nemrut Dagi and Turkey Download Nemrut Dagi PhotosRead More →

The Canopus, an elongated canal imitating the famous sanctuary of Serapis near Alexandria. The semi-circular exedra of the Serapeum is located at its southern end, dedicated to the gods Isis and Serpis which was probably used as a banqueting hall. Hadrian’s Villa ( Villa Adriana ) built during the second and third decades of the 2nd century AD, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“Emperor Hadrian is one of the best known Roman Emperors. He left his name attached to monumental Roman building works such as Hadrains’ Wall and the beautiful Villa Adriana at Tivoli. Hadrian was, like all Romans, a great lover of spending the day in the Baths so at Tivoli he used underground water to create many great baths where he could entertain the great and the good of Imperial Rome and conduct business in a typical way. I hope you enjoy my photos of Villa Adriana”, Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of Villa Adriana Tivoli Download Hadrians Villa Tivoli Photos or BuyRead More →

Greek Classical Period Statue of Aphrodite made of Parian marble. Restored by the famous Italian Sculptor A. Canova ( 1757 - 1822 ), Aphrodite is standing nude apart from a richly draped himation which she retains with her left hand in front of her pudenda. 4th c. BC. Athens National Archaeological Museum cat No 3524, from the collection of Lord Hope, donated by M. Embeirikos in 1924.

One of the great iconic statues is the Venus de Milos in the Louvre but there are far more seductive statues of Greek Aphrodite, Venus to the Romans, in the museums around the world and they are all based on 3 Greek classical statues created over 2500 years ago. This photo gallery is dedicated to the allure of Aphrodite that has kept her at the forefront of Classical art for so long. I hope you enjoy the photos, Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of Aphrodite or Venus and other Classical Art Download Aphrodite or Venus Photos or Buy Prints Download pictures &Read More →