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John Martin's Illustrations of Paradise Lost (1827)

Thursday 6 June 2019 at 17:38

John Martin's epic mezzotint illustrations for John Milton's classic tale of falling from paradise.


Agnes Catlow’s Drops of Water (1851)

Tuesday 4 June 2019 at 17:05

From the golden age of the microscope, a book on the animalcules that infuse stagnant water, undetectable to the naked eye.


Bob's Electrical Theatre (1906)

Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 17:46

Very early animation in which puppets get up to various routines, including wrestling, fencing, and what appears to be a short bout of bum smacking.


Walt Whitman in Russia: Three Love Affairs

Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 02:00

Walt Whitman’s influence on the creative output of 20th-century Russia — particularly in the years surrounding the 1917 Revolution — was enormous. For the 200th anniversary of Whitman's birth, Nina Murray looks at the translators through which Russians experienced his work, not only in a literary sense — through the efforts of Konstantin Balmont and Kornei Chukovsky — but also artistic, in the avant-garde printmaking of Vera Ermolaeva.


Jan van Kessel's Signature of Caterpillars and Snakes (1657)

Tuesday 28 May 2019 at 17:58

One of history's most idiosyncratic artist signatures, composed entirely of writhing creatures.


My Diary in a Chinese Farm (1894)

Wednesday 22 May 2019 at 19:05

Feminist and novelist Alicia Little's intimate and unique insight into rural Chinese life at the end of the nineteenth century.


Music of the Squares: David Ramsay Hay and the Reinvention of Pythagorean Aesthetics

Thursday 16 May 2019 at 02:00

Understanding the same laws to apply to both visual and aural beauty, David Ramsay Hay thought it possible not only to analyse such visual wonders as the Parthenon in terms of music theory, but also to identify their corresponding musical harmonies and melodies. Carmel Raz on the Scottish artist’s original, idiosyncratic, and occasionally bewildering aesthetics.


Karl Blossfeldt's Urformen der Kunst (1928)

Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 15:37

Photographs of plants captured in extraordinary detail, as if under the microscope, frozen into new forms almost beyond recognition.


John Locke’s Method for Common-Place Books (1685)

Wednesday 8 May 2019 at 15:34

The philosopher's method for creating a personalized encyclopedia of quotations.


The Joys of Young Werther (1775)

Tuesday 7 May 2019 at 16:01

A year after Goethe’s tale of teenage angst and suicide came this satire giving it a Hollywood ending.