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“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.

The Public Domain Review’s End-of-Year Fundraiser is launched!

- December 4, 2019 in Uncategorized

The Public Domain Review's End-of-Year Fundraiser is launched!

The Cubies’ ABC (1913)

- December 3, 2019 in Uncategorized

A satirical alphabet book mocking Cubists, Futurists, and other masters of modern art.

Picturing a Voice: Margaret Watts-Hughes and the Eidophone

- November 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

Of the various forms the nascent art of sound recording took in the late nineteenth century perhaps none was so aesthetically alluring as that invented by Margaret Watts-Hughes. Rob Mullender-Ross explores the significance of the Welsh singer’s ingenious set of images, which until recently were thought to be lost.

Yggdrasil: The Sacred Ash Tree of Norse Mythology

- November 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

Various visions of Yggdrasil, the sacred World Tree, watered by the Well of Urðr, whose roots connect to the nine worlds of Norse mythology.

The Human Pyramids of Juste De Juste (ca. 1540)

- November 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

Etchings of flayed men in acrobatic poses attributed to the Italian-born Juste de Juste.

Welcome to our shiny new website!

- November 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

After many months of secret toil and aesthetic deliberation, we are very proud to launch our brand new site — a total refurb from the ground up!

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

- November 12, 2019 in Uncategorized

Loie Fuller and the Serpentine

- November 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

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 embodied the era's newly blurred boundaries between human and machine.

The Geometric Landscapes of Lorenz Stoer (1567)

- November 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

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