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The Reverse of a Framed Painting, and Other Trompe L'oeil by Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts (ca. 1670)

Thursday 5 November 2020 at 07:57

On one of the most striking and intriguing creations by a Flemish master of trompe l’oeil paintings.


The Sorceress by Jan van de Velde II (1626)

Thursday 29 October 2020 at 12:35

Remarkable engraving of a sorceress mid-conjure, with a motley crew of demonic figures.


George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Thursday 29 October 2020 at 12:35

Introducing the historical zombie, situating it in current academic discourses, and considering the cultural moment of the film’s release.


Why Women Should Not Vote (1917)

Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 13:35

A humorous 1917 blank notebook invites consideration of the fight for women’s suffrage in the USA.


The Uncertain Heavens: Christiaan Huygens’ Ideas of Extraterrestrial Life

Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 13:03

During the 17th century, as knowledge of the Universe and its contents increased, so did speculation about life on other planets. One such source, as Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores, was Dutch astronomer, mathematician, and inventor Christiaan Huygens, whose earlier work on probability paved the way for his very modern evaluation of what alien life might look like.


Sadakichi Hartmann’s Conversations with Walt Whitman (1895)

Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 08:46

Short pamphlet of conversations with Whitman in his last years by the art critic and poet Sadakichi Hartmann.


The Tours of Dr Syntax (1809–1821)

Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 08:16

Three books combining pictures and verse about an Anglican cleric in search of the perfectly picturesque.


Filippo Buonanni's Harmonic Cabinet (1722)

Tuesday 13 October 2020 at 10:32

Engravings from an ambitious and beautiful attempt to catalogue, for the first time, the musical instruments of the world.


Fungi, Folklore, and Fairyland

Wednesday 7 October 2020 at 13:12

From fairy-rings to Lewis Carroll's Alice, mushrooms have long been entwined with the supernatural in art and literature. What might this say about past knowledge of hallucinogenic fungi? Mike Jay looks at early reports of mushroom-induced trips and how one species in particular became established as a stock motif of Victorian fairyland.


Herbert Geddes’ “Life in Japan” Collection: Hand-Coloured Glass Transparencies of the Meiji-Era

Tuesday 6 October 2020 at 14:39

Stunning hand-colored transparencies of life in Meiji-era Japan, from the Canadian businessman Herbert Geddes’ collection, acquired in Yokohama from 1908–1918.