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The class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings: a museum of art; an art collection.

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Looking to find a fantasy painting with a knight on horseback overlooking a distant castle. Probably 70's or 80's

The knight is on the left of the castle in the distance. He's wearing a long cloak, and the horse's head is bowed. I think :| It may also have been an album cover but I would not swear to it. It was a ...
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60s or 70s science fiction short stories on fine arts

I’m looking for a 1960s-70s science fiction short story anthology on fine arts. I only remember the summary of 2 of the stories. One was of composer who wrote commercial music by hand while most wrote ...
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Is there any explanation of what the one- and two-headed monster statues at the entrances to Kraid's and Ridley's hideouts represent?

In the Metroid games taking place on Zebes, the entrances to the "hideouts" of the minibosses Kraid and Ridley are often decorated with monstrous heads—a single-headed, blue monster at Kraid'...
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Looking for a canvas art of a space station full of famous Sci fi characters and ships [duplicate]

Maybe a long shot... A few weeks ago, I saw a post somewhere (I think it might have been here, not sure) asking for help identifying dozens of famous Sci-Fi characters and spaceships depicted in a ...
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Can anyone identify this reposted artwork of a Grey alien?

I love spooky paranormal stuff (though I don't believe a lick of it) and am curious to know the origins of this eerie illustration of a Grey alien. I've seen it reposted online a lot, but with no ...
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Why are there two completely different depictions of the Nazgûl and their flying mounts in the cartoon version of The Return of the King?

The Rankin-Bass cartoon versions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King have not generally enjoyed strong reputations among Tolkien's fans. However, comparing them to some of the live action films, ...
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In Tolkien's own visual art, why is it that Bag End has no visible chimneys?

I asked this question of Wayne Hammond years ago, after going through J. R. R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator. He didn't know. I also asked about having to go and he speculatively joked about going ...
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Can Thrawn derive tactical information from a species' music?

Thrawn has the amazing ability to study a species' art (sculptures and paintings) and somehow figure out the intrinsic way the species waged war in conjunction with how they create. I’m not asking how ...
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What is the sculpture in Kirk’s Quarters — Star Trek VI

Does anyone know anything about this sculpture? Artist? Name of sculpture?
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What events, characters, or settings are shown on this album cover?

I picked this up at a thrift shop over the weekend. I found it very neat to see what a reader may have imagined the characters and world of LOTR to look like. I read the book in a Post-Jackson world, ...
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Where's this Japanese-student-looking winged girl from?

Google Images is no help, while Tineye reveals that this image of a non-human girl with dragon wings, blue skin, red eyes, horns and a tail, wearing what looks like a Japanese school uniform, given ...
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Identification of artwork linked to the Horus Heresy novel series

I'm looking to identify the source and artist of the below artwork linked to the Games Workshop Horus Heresy series. The image is commonly used to represent the release of a life eater virus by Space ...
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Short story about two astronauts exploring an art museum on an abandoned planet

In this short story, two astronauts are exploring an art museum on an abandoned planet. The only living things present are the flies/gnats which swarm outside the museum. They are confused by the art ...
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Cover art on Lafferty's collection Nine Hundred Grandmothers

A three-breasted woman is depicted on the cover, by artists Leo and Diane Dillon, of the 1970 first edition of the R. A. Lafferty collection Nine Hundred Grandmothers. Was this cover inspired by a ...
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Vintage book cover showing humanoid astronauts in upper body EVA suits but a "pod" or "monopant" lower half?

In comments under the Space SE question Why do EVA suits have legs? the OP clarifies that for a humanoid astronaut performing extravehicular activities their suit may not need individual legs but ...
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Looking for Westernized military sci-fi cover art of future woman tank commander and tank battle from 90s or early 00s

I’m searching for what I’m certain originated as cover art from a sci-fi gaming magazine which I once collected from basic internet image search for “future woman soldier” or “sci-fi woman soldier” or ...
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Sci-fi novel: alien planet experiencing plague, stimulates avant-garde art in doomed populace

I must have read this book in the '90s or earlier. There's an entire planet quarantined, as lots of people die off. Instead of the standard post-apocalypse story, it's about how people cope with their ...
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Is the cover art on this faux paperback graphic "The Omicron Variant" on Seth Meyers' "A Closer Look" borrowed from a real SciFi novel's cover?

In the late night comedy talk show host Seth Meyers' recent video Trump's Secret Positive COVID Test; GOP's Omicron Conspiracy Theories: A Closer Look (cued at 09:17) there's a graphic of a faux old, ...
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What is the empty box for on this comic cover?

Here is an example from the Lucifer series:
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Episode of cover to cover- John Robbins. Book used? [closed]

I'd like to know if anyone remembers an episode of the PBS series 'Cover to Cover' with John Robbins in which he illustrated a story where a rabbit sought to gain antlers like a deer; the rabbit ...
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Fred Kirberger's art for F&SF serialization of Heinlein's The Star Beast (Star Lummox)

Heinlein's juvenile novel The Star Beast originally appeared in serialized form in F&SF as Star Lummox. F&SF included art by Fred Kirberger. There are a couple of strange things about the art....
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Wannabe artist steals the PDA of another artist and produces a masterpiece

I read this in the early 1990s, almost definitely in a magazine, since I have a memory of black-and-white art depicting the painting in question. The setting is 20 minutes in the future, where almost ...
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Renoir painting in the National Gallery (Melbourne) described in On the Beach

In the classic novel On the Beach (1957, p. 178), Nevil Shute has two of his characters visit the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne (Australia). They turned from the exhibition. "Are you ...
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Instagram comic about a boy whose brother disappears then reappears with a shadow monster inside him

Some years ago I followed an artist on instagram that had drew a comic about a boy whose young brother "disappears" while playing hide and seek in a forest. He then reappears but has a kind ...
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Fantasy art book from 1980s

I'm trying to find a fantasy art book from the 1980s just for nostalgia to see if it's as strange as I remember. It was a smallish hardback book that just contained illustrations. The subject was ...
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Floating transparent sphere beaming something into a crater? (Space Force! theme song video)

The video Space Force - The Theme Song // Songify This is a rich source of old SciFi movie images. What vintage movie had this blue floating holographic head talking to some kind of military ...
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Why do Star Trek Vulcans have art and music?

Vulcans adhere to foundations of logic. Music and art seem like emotionally driven creations.
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Was the illustration of the "Primordial One" in the AD&D Deities and Demigods based on the one from Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials?

Out of the blue, one of my sons asked me today what Cthulhu's "stats" were. My immediate thought was to look them up in the original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Deities & Demigods. ...
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Short scifi story about a painter with artificial eyes

The details are hazy, but as far as I can remember there is an artist that was either blind or had poor eyesight and underwent surgery and after receiving artifical eyes could create paintings that ...
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Who is "Nine Lives Man"? (Push Comic) bronze sculpture

On the platform of Liujia train station in Hsinchu county Taiwan there is what looks like a bronze sculpture of someone riding or flying a stylized retro or steampunk rocket motorcycle with a small ...
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Where does this sailor beside Bender come from?

In school we were interpreting a painting from Slovak artist Erik Šille called Wave (Vlna). He used a lot of pop-culture references, but we didn't recognize this little sailor. Is he from a cartoon or ...
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Was the painting “In the Ring of Saturn” by artist Andrei Sokolov used as a book cover?

The BBC News exposé 'Our Saturn years'; Cassini's epic journey to the ringed planet, told by the people who helped make it happen includes the text: “The Voyagers gave us a really wonderful ...
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Does anyone know who created or where this He-Man and Battlecat image came from?

Saw this years ago, and heard tell this was some imagery around a proposed He-Man & the Masters of the Universe update movie. Nothing seems to have come of that, though. Still, the image is ...
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Is anything known about the credits artwork from The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad?

The opening credits of The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (a Harryhausen monster classic) features the camera panning across an artwork that shows scenes from the film. It ...
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Where is the current location of Harry Bennett's art used for Herman Wouk's "Lomokome" Papers?

Harry Bennett created the cover art for several novels (https://www.pinterest.com/nowvintage/harry-bennett-book-covers/) including The "Lomokome" Papers (https://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?...
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Is anything known about science fiction illustrator Martin Key?

Martin Key is listed as the illustrator in the debut issue of If magazine, March 1952. The cover illustration is this: Wikipedia has nothing. Amazon has nothing (not surprising, maybe 1 in 20 of the ...
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How does one become a magical artist?

Magical artists are seemingly able to create magical paintings with the personality of a person, suggesting a great deal of magic ability and skill. Where exactly is this skill taught? Are there ...
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What is the original work used for the album cover of Endless Power by Conquest?

When discussing a question about the cover of an album by Conquest in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Alex noted that YouTube user Songofwyrd has written a comment referencing another album:...
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Does Conquest's album "Frozen Sky" reference the "Forgotten Realms" books?

A while back, I shared a song to a friend, who upon seeing the video's thumbnail, immediately asked me whether the band had ripped off the cover of Jean Rabe's Red Magic (1991), the third novel in the ...
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1970's or 1980's "photobook" of alien worlds [duplicate]

Growing up in the late 70's and early 80's, I had this "photobook" of alien worlds. It was basically a collection of artwork with a short description of each world. It was a hardcover, but probably ...
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Help identifying a horror illustration

I've had a particular color illustration or painting in my mind, and despite it having very distinct elements for searching online, I just can't find it or the artist. I remember it from a horror ...
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Help me Identify Strange and Bizarre Fantasy Artist, World Was Similar to Dragons Lair Game

This may not be the best place to ask, but I was trying to find artwork by a fantasy artist I remember very little about. I know his art was similar to Don Bluth’s work on the famous Dragons Lair ...
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Star Trek TNG: Season 5, Episode 2, Darmok: Brass Solar System Artwork

In Star Trek TNG: Season 5, Episode 2, Darmok there is a brass Solar System artwork piece on the wall of the room that Troi and Data are in while trying to translate what the Tamarians are saying. ...
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SF artwork identification - painting of woman looking through a playing card

I remember this painting, I think from the eighties, of a woman looking out through a cut out giant playing card. The card was a queen, of course, and her face lined up with the cut out portion of the ...
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Did John Bellairs tailor his stories to fit Edward Gorey's illustrations?

As I was preparing this answer, I was struck by the creepy hollow eyes of the two of the figures in the stained glass window on the Edward Gorey cover of John Bellairs The Revenge of the Wizard's ...
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Trying to find a firework or Roman candle with a guild steersman on it

Of late, I have decided to start asking here all the various science fiction and fantasy questions that have puzzled me over the years. Today, I have a fireworks identification question. I know this ...
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Shadows on 2001 Poster Error?

I've had this poster on my wall for years. Today I noticed that the shadows on the lower ring of the space station don't seem to be consistent with the shadow on the Moon. The shadow at the base of ...
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Who drew this depiction of Morpheus (from "The Sandman")?

I've been seeing this image of Morpheus - the main character of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman - quite frequently: Slight variation here and here It appears in multiple articles about the [now bust] The ...
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Who drew this hollow Moon theory picture?

I would like to use this hollow Moon picture on my site (from elarcadelosdioses.wordpress.com): Here is a similar contrast photo of the Moon from space.com: It appears often and w/o any credentials. ...
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Looking for the title and author of a short story featuring paintings by Arcimboldo and a Habsburg conspiracy

I read this story a long time ago and I can’t for the life of me get it by googling. Key details (these get somewhat spoilery if you haven't read this and feel like you might want to): Featured one ...
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