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The Art of Hidden Faces: Anthropomorphic Landscapes

Wednesday 2 March 2016 at 18:30

A compendium of anthropomorphic landscapes, in which natural vistas are given the form of human heads.


Le Voyage Dans la Lune (1902)

Tuesday 1 March 2016 at 15:51

Perhaps Georges Méliès' most famous film, and the first science fiction film in cinematic history.


Topsell’s History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents (1658)

Thursday 25 February 2016 at 16:06

Totalling more than 1000 pages this brilliantly illustrated treatise on zoology, explores ancient and fantastic legends about existing animals, as well as those at the more mythic end of the spectrum, including the Hydra, Lamia, and Mantichora.


The Anthropometric Detective and His Racial Clues

Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 19:38

Ava Kofman explores how the spectre of race, in particular Francis Galton's disturbing theory of eugenics, haunts the early history of fingerprint technology.


The American Woods

Tuesday 23 February 2016 at 17:13

a selection of pages from Romeyn Beck Hough's epic fourteen volume work The American Woods, a collection of more than 1000 paper-thin wood samples representing more than 350 varieties of North American tree


Self-Portrait by Ernst Mach (1886)

Thursday 18 February 2016 at 18:46

Austrian physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach's unique self-portrait, from the perspective of his left eye.


D.O.A. (1950)

Wednesday 17 February 2016 at 17:57

A film noir — starring Edmond O'Brien and Pamela Britton — about a man who has been poisoned and, with only a few days left to live, sets out to find his killer.


Sketches in Bedlam (1823)

Tuesday 16 February 2016 at 17:59

A compendium of glimpses into the personalities and stories of more than 140 mental patients confined to the Bethlem Hospital in the early part of the 19th century.


The Cheese Mites or, Lilliputians in a London Restaurant (1901)

Thursday 11 February 2016 at 16:25

Wonderful example of early special effects, a man is dining in a restaurant when three small human-like creatures, two men and a woman, appear from his food and drink, much to the amusement of the man at the table.


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.