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“Dialogue between Frederick Ruysch and His Mummies” by Giacomo Leopardi (1827)

- August 1, 2017 in dead, death, frederik ruysch, Giacomo Leopardi, mummies, skeletons

The great Italian writer uses the macabre creations of the seventeenth-century Dutch anatomist Frederik Ruysch to reflect upon the mysteries of death.

“Dialogue Between Frederick Ruysch and His Mummies” by Giacomo Leopardi (1827)

- August 1, 2017 in dead, death, frederik ruysch, Giacomo Leopardi, mummies, skeletons

The great Italian writer uses the macabre creations of the seventeenth-century Dutch anatomist Frederik Ruysch to reflect upon the mysteries of death.

“Dialogue Between Frederick Ruysch and His Mummies” by Giacomo Leopardi (1827)

- August 1, 2017 in dead, death, frederik ruysch, Giacomo Leopardi, mummies, skeletons

The great Italian writer uses the macabre creations of the seventeenth-century Dutch anatomist Frederik Ruysch to reflect upon the mysteries of death.

New Elucidations of Thomson’s Seasons (1822)

- April 27, 2016 in death, growth, Henry James Pidding, James Thomson, Memento mori, satire, skeletons, spring

Skeletons up to all sorts in this light-hearted satire of James Thomson's poem Spring, from the pen of humorist Henry James Pidding.

New Elucidations of Thomson’s Seasons (1822)

- April 27, 2016 in death, growth, Henry James Pidding, James Thomson, Memento mori, satire, skeletons, spring

Skeletons up to all sorts in this light-hearted satire of James Thomson's poem Spring, from the pen of humorist Henry James Pidding.

New Elucidations of Thomson’s Seasons (1822)

- April 27, 2016 in death, growth, Henry James Pidding, James Thomson, Memento mori, satire, skeletons, spring

Skeletons up to all sorts in this light-hearted satire of James Thomson's poem Spring, from the pen of humorist Henry James Pidding.

Frederik Ruysch: The Artist of Death

- March 5, 2014 in anatomy, Art & Illustrations, Articles, cadavers, dioramas, embalming, Featured Articles, frederik ruysch, preservation, Science & Medicine, skeletons

Luuc Kooijmans explores the work of Dutch anatomist Frederik Ruysch, known for his remarkable ‘still life’ displays which blurred the boundary between scientific preservation and vanitas art.

The Calaveras of José Guadalupe Posada

- November 2, 2012 in Antonio Vanegas Arroyo, calaveras, cartoons, collections, day of the dead, Día de los Muertos, Images, Images-19th, Images-20th, Images-Engraving-Line, Images-Illustrations, Images-People, José Guadalupe Posada, mexico, skeletons, skulls

José Guadalupe Posada (1851–1913) was a Mexican illustrator known for his satirical and politically acute calaveras. Deriving from the Spanish word for ‘skulls’, these calaveras were illustrations featuring skeletons which would, after Posada’s death, become closely associated with the mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Most of these calaveras were published by the press of Antonio Vanegas Arroyo which produced inexpensive literature for the lower classes, including thousands of satirical broadsides which Posada illustrated. Through this focus on mortality Vanegas Arroyo and Posada satirised many poignant issues of the day, in particular the details of bourgeois life and the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz. On January 20th 1913, 3 years after the start of the Mexican Revolution, José Guadalupe Posada died at his home in obscurity. He was penniless and buried in an unmarked grave. It was only years later in the 1920s that his work became recognised on a national and international level after it was championed by the French ex-patriot artist Jean Charlot who described Posada as “printmaker to the Mexican people”. (All images taken from the Library of Congress). Sign up to get our free fortnightly newsletter which shall deliver direct to your [...]