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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.

Music of the Squares: David Ramsay Hay and the Reinvention of Pythagorean Aesthetics

- May 16, 2019 in aesthetics, architecture, Art & Illustrations, David Ramsay Hay, Music, parthenon, Philosophy

Understanding the same laws to apply to both visual and aural beauty, David Ramsay Hay thought it possible not only to analyse such visual wonders as the Parthenon in terms of music theory, but also to identify their corresponding musical harmonies and melodies. Carmel Raz on the Scottish artist's original, idiosyncratic, and at times bewildering aesthetics.

The Triumphal Arch of Emperor Maximilian I (1515)

- September 6, 2018 in Albrecht durer, architecture, Emperor Maximilian I, fantasy architecture, propaganda, Triumphal Arch

Dürer's extraordinary, grandiose triumphal arch which he designed for Emperor Maximilian — a fine example of fantasy architecture and imperial propaganda.

The Triumphal Arch of Emperor Maximilian I (1515)

- September 6, 2018 in Albrecht durer, architecture, Emperor Maximilian I, fantasy architecture, propaganda, Triumphal Arch

Dürer's extraordinary, grandiose triumphal arch which he designed for Emperor Maximilian — a fine example of fantasy architecture and imperial propaganda.

Albert Racinet’s L’Ornement Polychrome (1869–73)

- July 5, 2018 in architecture, art, design, ornament, Ornaments

Highlights from a visual record in 100 plates of the decorative arts from antiquity to the eighteenth century.

Albert Racinet’s L’Ornement Polychrome (1869–73)

- July 5, 2018 in architecture, art, design, ornament, Ornaments

Highlights from a visual record in 100 plates of the decorative arts from antiquity to the eighteenth century.

Palacio’s Plan for Colossal Monument to Columbus (1890)

- July 2, 2014 in Alberto Palacio, architecture, Chicago World's Fair, Christopher columbus, design, globe, monument

The truly gigantic monument planned by the Bilboan architect Alberto Palacio designed for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair in honour of Christopher Columbus.

Palacio’s Plan for Colossal Monument to Columbus (1890)

- July 2, 2014 in Alberto Palacio, architecture, Chicago World's Fair, Christopher columbus, design, globe, monument

The truly gigantic monument planned by the Bilboan architect Alberto Palacio designed for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair in honour of Christopher Columbus.

Böckler’s Pleasure Garden Plans (1664)

- May 21, 2013 in architecture, collections, design, Deutsche Fotothek, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, gardens, Images, Images-17th, Images-Engraving-Line, Images-Landscapes, Images-Maps, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide, Wikimedia Commons

Selected illustrations from the German architect and engineer Georg Andreas Böckler’s Architectura Curiosa Nova (1664). The book is mostly concerned with the theory of hydrodyanmics, water pump systems and different designs for water fountains, but also contains this series of elaborate geometrical pleasure garden designs. It’s not entirely clear whether they are projected plans or a record of what already existed (if anyone knows then please do let us know!). Housed at: Wikimedia Commons | From: Deutsche Fotothek Underlying Work: PD Worldwide | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights Download: Right click on image or see source for higher res versions HELP TO KEEP US AFLOAT The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project and we rely on support from our readers to stay afloat. If you like what we do then please do consider making a donation. We welcome all contributions, big or small - everything helps! Become a Patron Small angel : £3.00 GBP - monthly Medium sized hero : £5.00 GBP - monthly Large emperor : £10.00 GBP - monthly Vast deity : £20.00 GBP - monthly Make a one off Donation SIGN UP TO THE NEWSLETTER Sign up to get our free fortnightly newsletter which shall deliver [...]

Various Forms of Architecture (1636)

- February 22, 2013 in architecture, collections, Images, Images-17th, Images-Engraving-Line, Images-Landscapes, perspective

A selection of illustrations from Variae Architecturae Formae, a series of architectural studies after the works of Joanne Vredemanni Vriesio, also known in Dutch as Hans Vredeman de Vries (1527–c.1607). De Vries was a Dutch Renaissance architect, painter, and engineer. Studying Vitruvius and Sebastiano Serlio, (translated by his teacher Pieter Coecke van Aelst), he became an internationally known specialist in perspective and, as well as books on architecture, perspective and garden design, he became the city architect and fortification engineer for the city of Antwerp. The etchers of the images in the book are given as Jan and Lucas Van Doetecum, two brothers from Hollstein.(Wikipedia) (All images taken from Variae Architecturae Formae (1636) housed at the Internet Archive, contributed by The Getty. Hat-tip to John Ptak and his wonderful Pinterest boards where we first learnt of the book). DONATE NOW TO SAVE THE PUBLIC DOMAIN REVIEW! With our initial funding now come to an end, we need your support to help us continue our mission – to promote the public domain as an indispensable public good, and to curate and showcase the most interesting out-of-copyright works on the web. SIGN UP TO THE NEWSLETTER Sign up to get our free [...]