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François de Nomé’s Imaginary Ruins

- January 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

Eerie Baroque paintings of imaginary ruins and other fantastic architecture by a proto-surrealist master.

Of Pears and Kings

- January 9, 2020 in Uncategorized

Images have long provided a means of protesting political regimes bent on censoring language. In the 1830s a band of French caricaturists, led by Charles Philipon, weaponized the innocent image of a pear to criticize the corrupt and repressive policies of King Louis-Philippe. Patricia Mainardi sinks her teeth into the history of this early nineteenth-century meme.

W. W. Denslow’s Illustrations for the Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

- January 8, 2020 in Uncategorized

The strange, unhappy life of W. W. Denslow, the illustrator of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

George Perkins Marsh’s Man and Nature (1864)

- January 8, 2020 in Uncategorized

Groundbreaking study of humanity’s affect on physical geography by the American statesman, philologist, and conservationist George Perkins Marsh.

Class of 2020: New in the Public Domain today!

- January 1, 2020 in Uncategorized

Our top pick of those whose works on 1st January 2020 enter the public domain in many countries around the world.

Adalbert Stifter’s Rock Crystal (1846)

- December 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

A Christmas classic about two children who get lost in the blinding snow, by the Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter, beloved by W. G. Sebald, W. H. Auden, Hannah Arendt, and Thomas Mann.

The Sound and the Story: Exploring the World of *Paradise Lost*

- December 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

John Milton’s Paradise Lost has been many things to many people — a Christian epic, a comment on the English Civil War, the epitome of poetic ambiguity — but it is first of all a pleasure to read. Drawing on sources as varied as Wordsworth, Hitchcock, and Conan Doyle, author Philip Pullman considers the sonic beauty and expert storytelling of Milton's masterpiece, and the influence it has had on his own work.

Urania’s Mirror; or, a View of the Heavens (circa 1825)

- December 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

Hand-coloured cards engraved by Sidney Hall representing the constellations, from Aquarius to Ursa Major.

Eskimo Folktales

- December 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

A book of Greenlandic Inuit folktales collected by the legendary explorer and anthropologist Knud Rasmussen.

“Firelight Flickering on the Ceiling of the World”: The Aurora Borealis in Art

- December 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

Images of the Aurora Borealis through the history of art.