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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.


The Public Domain Review's End-of-Year Fundraiser is launched!

Wednesday 4 December 2019 at 16:39

The Public Domain Review's End-of-Year Fundraiser is launched!


The Cubies’ ABC (1913)

Tuesday 3 December 2019 at 11:49

A satirical alphabet book mocking Cubists, Futurists, and other masters of modern art.


Picturing a Voice: Margaret Watts Hughes and the Eidophone

Wednesday 27 November 2019 at 08:30

Of the various forms the nascent art of sound recording took in the late nineteenth century perhaps none was so aesthetically alluring as that invented by Margaret Watts Hughes. Rob Mullender-Ross explores the significance of the Welsh singer’s ingenious set of images, which until recently were thought to be lost.


Yggdrasil: The Sacred Ash Tree of Norse Mythology

Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 13:53

Various visions of Yggdrasil, the sacred World Tree, watered by the Well of Urðr, whose roots connect to the nine worlds of Norse mythology.


The Human Pyramids of Juste De Juste (ca. 1540)

Thursday 21 November 2019 at 14:32

Etchings of flayed men in acrobatic poses attributed to the Italian-born Juste de Juste.


Welcome to our shiny new website!

Thursday 21 November 2019 at 12:23

After many months of secret toil and aesthetic deliberation, we are very proud to launch our brand new site — a total refurb from the ground up!