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D. A. Rovinskii’s Collection of Russian Lubki (18th–19th Century)

- November 12, 2019 in cats, D. A. Rovinskii, lubki, lubok, russia

A selection of D. A. Rovinskiĭ’s collection of lubki — colorful Russian prints from the 16th through 20th century.

Loie Fuller and the Serpentine

- November 6, 2019 in choreography, Culture & History, dance, dancing, Drama, Loie Fuller, serpentine

With her "serpentine dance" — a show of swirling silk and rainbow lights — Loie Fuller became one of the most celebrated dancers of the fin de siècle. Rhonda K. Garelick explores Fuller’s unlikely stardom and how her beguiling art played out onstage the era's newly blurred boundaries between human and machine.

The Geometric Landscapes of Lorenz Stoer (1567)

- November 5, 2019 in architecture, design, geometry, intarsia, Lorenz Stoer, polyhedral, ruins

Lorenz Stoer’s wildly imaginative depictions of polyhedral shapes and fantastical ruins intended to instruct and inspire woodworkers.

John Reynolds’ Book of Murder Tales (1621–1635)

- November 4, 2019 in crime, John Reynolds, murder, sin

An illustrated collection of murder tales from the early 17th century, including the basis for the Jacobean play The Changeling.

Dorothy Wordsworth’s Journal of a Few Months’ Residence in Portugal (1847)

- October 29, 2019 in Dorothy Wordsworth, journal, Portugal, spain, travel journal

A lively travelogue by William Wordsworth’s daughter Dorothy, recording her observations of the Iberian peninsula, circa 1845.

Photographing the Dark: Nadar’s Descent into the Paris Catacombs

- October 24, 2019 in catacombs, death, nadar, ossuary, paris catacombs, Photography, subterranean, underground

Today the Paris Catacombs are illuminated by electric lights and friendly guides. But when Félix Nadar descended into this “empire of death” in the 1860s artificial lighting was still in its infancy: the pioneering photographer had to face the quandary of how to take photographs in the subterranean dark. Allison C. Meier explores Nadar’s determined efforts (which involved Bunsen batteries, mannequins, and a good deal of patience) to document the beauty and terror of this realm of the dead.

Persian Demons from a Book of Magic and Astrology (1921)

- October 24, 2019 in astrology, demons, devils, ghosts, iran, magic, occult, persian, zodiac

Watercolours from an early twentieth-century book of spells depicting Persian demons associated with the zodiac.

Various Apocalyptic Scenes from the Prophetic Messenger (ca. 1827–61)

- October 23, 2019 in astrology, future, occult, prophecy, raphael

Apocalyptic lithographs from the 19th century golden age of astrology, helmed by several astrologists writing under the name Raphael.

Tlingit Myths and Texts (1909)

- October 16, 2019 in alaska, birds, legend, myth, myths, ravens, Religion, Tlingit

A collection of tales told by the Tlingit people of southeastern coastal Alaska and collected by the renowned ethnographer John Reed Swanton.

Our Masterpiece Is the Private Life: In Pursuit of the “Real” Chateaubriand

- October 9, 2019 in Alphonse de Lamartine, chateaubriand, France, François-René de Chateaubriand, Madame Récamier, Mémoires d'Outre-Tombe, Memoirs From Beyond the Grave, Victor Hugo

While nowadays he might be best known for the cut of meat that bears his name, François-René de Chateaubriand was once one of the most famous men in France — a giant of the literary scene and idolised by such future greats as Alphonse de Lamartine and Victor Hugo. Alex Andriesse explores Chateaubriand's celebrity and the glimpse behind the public mask we are given in his epic autobiography Memoirs From Beyond the Grave.