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

Thursday 16 May 2019 at 02:00

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 occasionally bewildering aesthetics.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/music-of-the-squares-david-ramsay-hay-and-the-reinvention-of-pythagorean-aesthetics


Karl Blossfeldt's Urformen der Kunst (1928)

Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 15:37

Photographs of plants captured in extraordinary detail, as if under the microscope, frozen into new forms almost beyond recognition.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/karl-blossfeldt-s-urformen-der-kunst-1928


John Locke’s Method for Common-Place Books (1685)

Wednesday 8 May 2019 at 15:34

The philosopher's method for creating a personalized encyclopedia of quotations.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/john-lockes-method-for-common-place-books-1685


The Joys of Young Werther (1775)

Tuesday 7 May 2019 at 16:01

A year after Goethe’s tale of teenage angst and suicide came this satire giving it a Hollywood ending.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-joys-of-young-werther-1775


Get Thee to a Phalanstery: or, How Fourier Can Still Teach Us to Make Lemonade

Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 02:00

Hot on the heels of the French revolution — by way of extravagant orgies, obscure taxonomies, and lemonade seas — Charles Fourier offered up his blueprint for a socialist utopia, and in the process also one of the most influential early critiques of capitalism. Dominic Pettman explores Fourier’s radical, bizarre, and often astonishingly modern ideas, and how they might guide us in our own troubled times.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/get-thee-to-a-phalanstery-or-how-fourier-can-still-teach-us-to-make-lemonade/


Abide With Me (1914)

Tuesday 30 April 2019 at 09:24

Version from Olive Kline and Elsie Baker of one of the most popular hymn's of all time.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/abide-with-me-1914


Plants and Their Application to Ornament (1896)

Thursday 25 April 2019 at 17:04

Eugène Grasset's wonderful pictorial summation of his key ideas about natural forms and decorative motifs.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/plants-and-their-application-to-ornament-1896


August Strindberg's Celestographs (1893–4)

Wednesday 24 April 2019 at 17:49

The Swedish playwright's attempt to capture the night sky by the use of photographic plates alone.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/august-strindberg-s-celestographs-1893-4


Loos, Lewdness, and Literature: Tales from the Boghouse

Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 02:00

In the early 1730s, a mysterious editor (known only as "Hurlothrumbo") committed to print a remarkable anthology: transcriptions of the graffiti from England's public latrines. For all its misogynistic and scatological tendencies, this little-known book of "latrinalia" offers a unique and fascinating window into Georgian life. Maximillian Novak explores.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/tales-from-the-boghouse


The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Art (1460–1921)

Tuesday 16 April 2019 at 18:41

Highlights from the many centuries of artworks to feature the iconic building — from its illuminated punctuation of medieval skylines to grainy detailed studies at the birth of photography.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-notre-dame-cathedral-in-art-1460-1921