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Who Says Michelangelo Was Right? Conflicting Visions of the Past in Early Modern Prints

Wednesday 10 February 2016 at 18:15

When the lost classical sculpture Laocoön and His Sons — lauded as representing the very highest ideal of art — was dug up in 1506 with limbs missing, the authorities in Rome set about restoring it to how they imagined it once to look. Monique Webber explores how it was in reproductive prints that this vision was contested, offering a challenge to the mainstream interpretation of Antiquity.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2016/02/10/who-says-michelangelo-was-right/


Le Centre de l’Amour (ca. 1687)

Tuesday 9 February 2016 at 17:22

The centre of love: discovered through various emblems, gallant and facetious — a delightfully illustrated emblem book exploring all corners of seventeenth-century courtship.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/le-centre-de-lamour-ca-1687/


London a Hundred Years Hence (1857)

Thursday 4 February 2016 at 14:30

A vision, from 1857, of what London would look like 100 years in the future — including the prediction of vast shopping malls and internet shopping.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/london-a-hundred-years-hence-1857/


The Friendship Book of Anne Wagner (1795-1834)

Wednesday 3 February 2016 at 17:22

Pages from a friendship book of Anne Wagner, aunt to the poet Felicia Dorothea Browne, who herself has a number of entries in the album, including wonderful mixed-media collages.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-friendship-book-of-anne-wagner-1795-1834/


Sharing Photographs

Tuesday 2 February 2016 at 17:14

MUSEUM FÜR KUNST UND GEWERBE (MKG) - Antje Schmidt, Head of Digital Cataloguing and MKG Collection Online, and Esther Ruelfs, Head of MKG's Photography and New Media Department, on the functions of sharing images, both historically and in the present.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/sharing-photographs/


Thomas Edison Tells a Joke about a Liver (1906)

Thursday 28 January 2016 at 16:37

The great inventor Thomas Edison tells a joke about a healthy liver, recorded on his Edison Blue Amberol cylinder. I guess you had to have been there...

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/thomas-edison-tells-a-joke-about-a-liver-1906/


Robert Greene, the First Bohemian

Wednesday 27 January 2016 at 18:13

Known for his debauched lifestyle, his flirtations with criminality, and the sheer volume of his literary output, the Elizabethan writer Robert Greene was a fascinating figure. Ed Simon explores the literary merits and bohemian traits of the man who penned the earliest known, and far from flattering, reference to Shakespeare as a playwright.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2016/01/27/robert-greene-the-first-bohemian/


Phenomena Over and Under the Earth (1878)

Tuesday 26 January 2016 at 18:46

An Austrian painter's beautiful presentation of various atmospheric conditions including will-o'-the-wisp, a moonbow, and the Northern Lights.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/phenomena-over-and-under-the-earth-1878/


Plastic Reconstruction of the Face (1918)

Thursday 21 January 2016 at 15:59

Silent film exploring the Studio for Portrait Masks, the Paris workshop of American artist Anna Coleman Ladd (1878-1939), which provided galvanised copper masks for soldiers whose faces were partly destroyed fighting in the First World War.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/plastic-reconstruction-of-the-face-1918/


Francis Bacon on Gardens (1902)

Wednesday 20 January 2016 at 16:01

Featuring artwork by Lucien Pissarro, this is a beautiful art nouveau edition of an essay on gardens by the Renaissance philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626).

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/francis-bacon-on-gardens-1902/