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Of Angel and Puppet: Klee, Rilke, and the Test of Innocence

- May 19, 2022 in Uncategorized

Built for his son from the scraps of daily life — matchboxes, beef bones, nutshells, and plaster — Paul Klee’s hand puppets harbour ghosts of human feelings, fragile communications from a world most adults have left behind. Kenneth Gross compares these enchanted objects to angelic figures, in Klee’s artworks and the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, helping us dance as well as wrestle with their visions of innocence.

Filippo Balbi’s *Testa Anatomica* (1854)

- May 17, 2022 in Uncategorized

Echoing the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a composite head comprised of a tortuous tangle of écorché-like figures.

Alexander in the Bathysphere

- May 12, 2022 in Uncategorized

The story of Alexander the Great descending into the sea in a diving bell has led to diverse visual representations across countries, languages, and centuries.

Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies (1757–1795)

- May 12, 2022 in Uncategorized

As historical documents, the surviving editions of Harris’s List offer today’s readers a rare glimpse into London's 18th-century sex trade.

Petrified Waters: The Artificial Grottoes of the Renaissance and Beyond

- May 5, 2022 in Uncategorized

Idling alongside the waters of artificial grottoes, visitors found themselves in lush, otherworldly settings, where art and nature, pleasure and peril, and humans and nymphs could, for a time, coexist. Laura Tradii spelunks through the handmade caves of the Italian Renaissance and their reception abroad, illuminating how these curious spaces transformed across the centuries.

Jan Luyken’s Frontispiece for *Osteologia* (1680)

- May 3, 2022 in Uncategorized

This etching seems to speak to the Enlightenment’s mission to give order to the natural world.

Orra White Hitchcock’s Scientific Illustrations for the Classroom (1828–40)

- April 28, 2022 in Uncategorized

These hand-coloured scientific illustrations — on poster-sized linen swaths designed to be hung on classroom walls — are striking for their modern abstraction.

Trade Edition of *Affinities* Now Available for Pre-order

- April 27, 2022 in Uncategorized

Published by Thames and Hudson, the trade edition of Affinities will be out in the UK on May 26th and in the US on June 7th.

Trade Edition of *Affinities* Now Available for Pre-order

- April 27, 2022 in Uncategorized

Published by Thames and Hudson, the trade edition of Affinities will be out in the UK on May 26th and in the US on June 7th.

“A Sword was Seen in the Sky”: *A True and Wonderful Narrative* (1763)

- April 27, 2022 in Uncategorized

Pamphlet, printed in Philadelphia, describing strange sky phenomena witnessed over Riga and Kirschberg.