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François de Nomé’s Imaginary Ruins

Thursday 16 January 2020 at 13:42

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


Of Pears and Kings

Thursday 9 January 2020 at 07:54

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 investigates the history of this early 19th-century meme.


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

Wednesday 8 January 2020 at 07:53

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)

Wednesday 8 January 2020 at 07:53

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!

Wednesday 1 January 2020 at 17:00

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)

Sunday 22 December 2019 at 09:51

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*

Wednesday 11 December 2019 at 06:58

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)

Tuesday 10 December 2019 at 11:46

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


Eskimo Folktales

Tuesday 10 December 2019 at 10:34

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

Thursday 5 December 2019 at 14:53

Images of the Aurora Borealis through the history of art.