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The “Salad Oil Style” of Jan Toorop

Tuesday 21 November 2017 at 18:42

Selection of Dutch artist Jan Toorop's distinctive works, designs featuring highly stylised figures, embedded in complex curvilinear designs, with his dynamic line showing influence from his Javanese roots.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-salad-oil-style-of-jan-toorop/


Diagrams from Dr Alesha Sivartha’s Book of Life (1898)

Wednesday 15 November 2017 at 18:24

A series of superbly intricate and striking "brain maps", illustrating Dr Alesha Sivartha's unique blend of blend of science, sociology, mysticism and religion, a spiritual teaching which apparently attracted the attention of Mark Twain among others.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/diagrams-from-dr-alesha-sivarthas-book-of-life-1898/


Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio (1880)

Tuesday 14 November 2017 at 20:22

First English translation of Pu Songling's collection of classical Chinese stories, including magical pear trees, thimble-sized babies, ghostly cities, and mean spirited daughters-in-law being turned into pigs.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/strange-stories-from-a-chinese-studio-1880/


Flash Mob: Revolution, Lightning, and the People’s Will

Thursday 9 November 2017 at 18:42

Kevin Duong explores how leading French revolutionaries, in need of an image to represent the all important “will of the people”, turned to the thunderbolt — a natural symbol of power and illumination that also signalled the scientific ideals so key to their project.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2017/11/09/revolution-lightning-and-the-peoples-will/


Autumn: Saviour, Breathe an Evening Blessing (1912)

Wednesday 8 November 2017 at 20:07

Rendition by the Trinity Choir of James Edmeston's 1820 hymn "Savior, Breathe an Evening Blessing"

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/autumn-saviour-breathe-an-evening-blessing-1912/


The Model Book of Calligraphy (1561–1596)

Tuesday 7 November 2017 at 18:04

Pages from a remarkable book, the result of a collaboration across many decades between a master scribe, the Croatian-born Georg Bocskay, and Flemish artist Joris Hoefnagel.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-model-book-of-calligraphy-1561-1596/


Alphonse Bertillon’s Synoptic Table of Physiognomic Traits (ca. 1909)

Saturday 28 October 2017 at 21:25

Cheat sheet to help police clerks put into practice Bertillon's method for classifying and archiving the images of repeat offenders.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/alphonse-bertillons-synoptic-table-of-physiognomic-traits-ca-1909/


Defining the Demonic

Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 15:45

Although Jacques Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire infernal, a monumental compendium of all things diabolical, was first published in 1818 to much success, it is the fabulously illustrated final edition of 1863 which secured the book as a landmark in the study and representation of demons. Ed Simon explores the work and how at its heart […]

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2017/10/25/defining-the-demonic/


Defining the Demonic

Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 15:25

Although Jacques Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire infernal, a monumental compendium of all things diabolical, was first published in 1818 to much success, it is the fabulously illustrated final edition of 1863 which secured the book as a landmark in the study and representation of demons. Ed Simon explores the work and how at its heart lies an unlikely but pertinent synthesis of the Enlightenment and the occult.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2017/10/25/defining-the-demonic/


The Civil War Sketches of Adolph Metzner (1861–64)

Tuesday 24 October 2017 at 15:26

Remarkable collection of sketches, drawings and watercolours left to us by Adolph Metzner, during his three years of service with the 1st German, 32nd Regiment Indiana Infantry.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-civil-war-sketches-of-adolph-metzner-1861-64/